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      twenty feet in the air
      first time I flew he says
      weeks by his side
      while they repaired his wings
      my resilient husband*

      ~ Kathabela

      *(After a serious accident, hit by a small truck in a green light crosswalk.)

      Ο Ο Ο

      A woman dancing

      Genie Dancing in Gardena Valley Japanese Cultural Center Institute, Spring Celebration
      (Photo – Rosie Sato)

      Genie Nakano

      in December
      my husband had two strokes
      total eclipse…

      I love this man
      with little wings growing
      a dragon who floats all around
      Today is all I have
      that’s what he has to say

      we live for the day
      watch the sun taking glory
      our little dog wag no tail
      we hold hands in the dark
      take walks in the park
      listen to tales of beyond

      angel man
      keep growing those wings
      together we’ll fly out of here.


      each breath
      I begin

      mind expanding
      growing new pathways
      right and left
      the body electric
      with frequencies of joy

      Ο Ο Ο

      clouds in the shape of a heart

      Cloud exclamation (Photo – Pamela-Shea)

      Pamela Shea

      A week and days shy
      Of one’s thirty-eighth birthday
      Is too young to die

      The recent hospitalization and death of my daughter’s life partner was one of the most profound experiences I have ever had. I found solace and emotional expression through writing poetry and getting out in nature, both of which have helped me navigate the ups and downs of existence throughout my life.

      Moving into strength
      Surrounded by gratitude
      Accepting the good
      Greeting opportunities
      Leads us to discovery

      The grief surfaces
      Even in celebration
      Waves are arising
      To wash away heaviness
      Buoying us into the light

      Rest, My Daughter, rest
      Allow healing to begin
      For now is the time
      To release tears and sadness
      Into the ocean of love

      Burn, Fire Friends, burn
      Let water wash away ash
      As earth supports us
      For we are all connected
      Gaining strength from each other

      Clouds drift slowly
      Like memories in my heart
      A new day starts
      And I hold on tightly
      As birds twitter “let go”


      a leaf in the shape of a heart on the lawn

      Heart leaf (Photo – Pamela Shea)

      New Beginnings: Notes and Credits

      Genie Nakano is a poet, dancer, spoken-word performer, lover of animals, cook, gardener, yoga and meditation teacher, loves being with family, and has a passion for writing. She has published 3 books of tanka and haiku poetry. She lives in Gardena, CA. Her blog/web is: GenieNakano.com.

      Pamela Shea says: “I have lived my entire life in the Los Angeles foothills, which I lovingly call my forever home, having been born in Glendale and living in Sunland, CA, for over forty years. I’m retired from having worked in the fields of health and fitness. I love hiking and photographing nature. I am the 9th Poet Laureate of Sunland-Tujunga, a position which has brought me great joy in connecting with my community and beyond.”

      Memory Lane
      > You will love to visit, with Grace Galton and Kris Kondo, the beauty of our related salon in 2018, "Encouragements and Consolations."

      Submission Guidelines

      Suggest your own theme. or write Kathabela for a theme suggestion. We publish every two weeks. Send short poems, free verse, haiku, senryu, tanka, cherita, haibun, tanka prose, short prose poems, etc., or your own unique approach, to Kathabela by text message or (click here to email her directly). We can feature your work again after five months. Multiple Submissions can be saved to appear later:

      1. Send a short bio, with comments on your theme.
      2. Send photos or artwork by you, or friends.
      3. Put your poems directly in the email.
      4. No attachments except photos.
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        • Kathabela Wilson

          Kathabela Wilson is a local poet/writer/artist and musician. Her Poets Salon has become an international respected must read in the poetry world. She's the creator and host of the Pasadena-based group, “Poets on Site.”

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