Friday, May 25, 2012


as darkness recedes

the emerging light reveals

a forgotten dream

3 atc trades atop lost and found journal page

These cards were created to swap with an ATC group.  The theme this time is 'transform.'
The cards are sitting on a journal spreadwith a 1944 photo of Japanese American men
who resisted being drafted into the army after they were interned.  They were taken from their
family and interned separately.  It was a sad and difficult period for the Japanese Americans
and for all of my family.  From this painful experience came some good:  a sense of commitment
to believe in the strength their convictions,  pride in their heritage, joy in the present moment,
 and trust in the inherent love within family.


My family and the Japanese Americans 


the war experience, moved on 

and taught their children to do the same.  

Transformation means possibility.

With possibility comes hope.

With hope there is joy.


i am linked today with rebecca at  haiku my heart where every friday 
lovers of small words gather.  come visit to read more haikus better yet,  join in on the fun.


  1. Magical ~ Wonderful! ~ Awesome art! ^_^

  2. Irene,
    It's a hard part of our history and your personal history.

    You bring such beauty to the world with your words and art.

  3. Thank you for posting this beautiful, heart post, very touching! x

  4. lovely haiku - full of future, hope, emerging..

  5. I'm sorry this happened. But, I'm happy these people bore it with such grace. I like your work on this topic.

    I visit Jama Rattigan's site all the time and she is celebrating Asian Pacific American heritage month.

  6. Beautiful.. forgotten dreams revived in hopes and in new light of day! Love that haiku.

  7. thank you for your generosity in sharing the gift of transformation. this is a profoundly beautiful offering which serves to inspire everyone to a higher view of their own losses. perfect grace.

  8. Thank you for visiting my blog. I am here to marvel at your art journal and ATCs. I love both. I will think of you next time I take my journal to the cafe, which should be tomorrow morning. Are you saying the Americans tried to draft Japanese Americans once they were interred? That is beyond belief!

  9. Things always sound and look better when there is hope.

  10. Dear Irene,
    I was deeply moved by your post and the courage shown by these men,who were American citizens and suffered such indignities at the hands of their own government. Your words and your perspective are healing. You offer a narrative that reframes the situation and marks their lives with an act of volition that borders on heroism. I wanted to share with you a post that I did some time ago right after the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. I was raising funds for Shelterbox to help out over there. We did very well! I thought that you would like to see it.
    Peace and Light,

  11. I've read this several times and it is so deep and has so much meaning, thank you for sharing these hope filled words and overcoming endurance.

  12. i like how yo moved to joy

    verification makes it really hard to comment. you'd get more comments if you turned it off. i had to do this several times to get it to work.

  13. Irene,
    You write with such meaning - you paint with vigor and draw with openness.... I so admire your fearless talent!