Coloring Book

I dropped coins
in a lonely phone booth
with an intermittent light.
The line went live
but my practiced laughter
was dashed
within a few words.

What would happen
to the remaining time and the words
you didn’t hear?
I jiggled the grimy lever
to see what was next.
The operator told me
to turn the page
and fill another vision.

Miho Kinnas is a Japanese writer and translator. Her book of poems, Today Fish Only, was published by Math Paper Press of Singapore in 2015. Miho’s poems also appeared in Cha: An Asian Literary Journal, 24Pearl: The Magazine, and Really System. The Classical Gardens of Shanghai (HKU Press, 2016) and Quixotica: Poems East of La Mancha (Chameleon Press, 2016) included her poems. Her translations of poems appeared in Poetry Kanto (2015) and Star*Line (2015). She holds an MFA in creative writing in poetry from City University of Hong Kong and is a member of Island Writers’ Network of Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, USA, where she currently resides.

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