Treasure Chest

Two fighter jets
in tandem
out of sight
I hear the sound

Stepping aside
just in time not to spoil
the photograph
her emerald green sari

The sparkle
an asterisk in the telescope
the reflection on a long-gone planet
of another sun of another world

A father says to his little girl
There is no treasure chest here
She looks up at him
I hurry to catch her heart

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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