Day 3 – Butterfly Child – 1

Thursday, September 3, 2009

7:10 – 8:10 pm


Butterfly Child


Chouko awoke into her woven nest without the comfort of proper incubation

She sensed there was no turning back to sleep

Not with the beckoning of sun winds and jasmine skies

And the cries of one who’d already sped ahead

Time issues a Clock, my friend, the dashing Chinatsu said

Alright already, Chouko said

Was there no stopping some bitter trend

Some bittersweet end

Some sweet result

How could she know

She hadn’t even stepped out into the Nothingness

To see what was undoubtedly nevertheless unknowingly Ahead

The What If cries began to rise to the cusp of her awareness of being aware of her consciousness

This was getting to be too much too much too much too who who who was going to be there on the other side

Her lovely Chinatsu sighed

How do you already know to embrace the How Do You Know

I know nothing, she declared

Can’t you see, i know Nothing

And Chinatsu laughed and cried

A thousand summers to you, Chouko, A Thousand Summers!

And soon even she, the lead, was  no    longer       in          sight

This  can    not     be  the way It is      maybe it Is

Barely a pair of wings to begin flight

No witness to the next step of more than a feeble attempt

No way about nor around nor who knows she did not know she did not know

No how to go without knowledge of where to seek solace

No history of this   No where   No when   No beginning to a known end

She flew anyway


About traciakemi

traci akemi kato-kiriyama - inter/multi-disciplinary theatre/performance artist, arts educator, cultural worker, community organizer. Tuesday Night Project; theatre, performance, writing, and teaching projects with many organizations and artists including: zero 3; Edge of The World for Asian Arts Initiative in Philadelphia and the National Asian American Theatre Festival in New York; "PULL" with Kennedy Kabasares in San Francisco; Nobuko Miyamoto and Great Leap Collaboratory I; TeAda; NCRR; Oymun's 11. Playwright for "Chasing Dad - a performance of a reading about a play i'm writing" presented by Inside the Ford for the Ford's Summer Playwright series. View all posts by traciakemi

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