Miho Kinnas

Where The Petals Fall

			落花生 (peanut): the life (生) that begins where the petals (花) fall (落)  

Peanut blossoms 
early in the morning
pollinate themselves
and fall

Seeds will grow 
underground, underneath 
where the flower 
perishes knowing
the daughter 
will never 
know her mother.


Half an orphan, in bed.
I never knew my mother’s mother
who sang and laughed.

Sitting at the desk,
I read “Being a Flower”
late at night.

No other way of being but be a flower
The flower pushes back 
without losing its shape


Mother no longer leaves the futon.
Today, my son came home 
monsters in his head.

I clean the floorboard on my hands and knees.

Miho Kinnas is a Japanese poet. Her poems, translations, and book reviews have appeared in various journals and anthologies. A 2018 Pushcart nominee, Miho is the author of two collections of poetry, “Today, Fish Only” (2014) and “Move Over, Bird” (2019) published from Math Paper Press. She leads haiku/linked-poem workshops locally and (inter) nationally at locations including Pat Conroy Literary Festival, Harvard Art Museum, Shanghai Literary Festival, Writers.com, and local schools. In addition, she operates a community bookshop, An Island Bookshelf, on Hilton Head Island, SC, where she lives, swims and birds.