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31 May 2015 @ 12:46 pm
tanka in the Gardena Valley News  


The Gardena Valley News published a series of tanka written by local Tanoshi Tanka Group members about our earliest memories. My tanka about the day my parents brought my baby sister home from the hospital is a real memory. I remember climbing up the fireplace bricks to grab on to the mantle to look over the curtains. Today, when I go to my Mom's house and look at the fireplace it is so weird to reconcile its height (it is shorter than my adult height) with my memory of looking up and trying so hard to reach the mantle.

not allowed
to touch the curtains
I climb the fire place bricks
for the first glimpse
of my baby sister

- Deborah P Kolodji

Tanoshi Tanka is led by Genie Nakano and meets at the Garden Japanese Cultural Institute on the 3rd Thursday of the month, starting at 7:00 p.m.   The address is 1964 W. 162nd Street, Gardena, CA  90247