Day 7 – It Is Time To Water The Tree Of Liberty – 1

Monday, September 7, 2009

9:16 pm – 10:16 pm

“Thinking about my kids..(cries) school, having to listen to that,

just really upsets me.” – A mother, Shanneen Barron, regarding Obama

education speech scheduled for classrooms nationwide.

“He’s organizing Hitler youth.” – R. Limbaugh

“I hate Barack Obama. You, you say, ‘Well, you just mean you don’t like what he stands for.’

No, I hate the person..’No, well you mean you just don’t like his politics.’

No, I HATE HIM..break his teeth, oh God, in his mouth.  You know, as a snail which melted,

let him pass away.”  – Pastor Steven Anderson,

Faithful Word Baptist Church, Arizona.

“…What are you going to do to restore this country back to what our founders created,

according to the Constitution?” – Protester at health care reform town hall meeting

in Lebanon, Pennsylvania.

“The tree of liberty must be refreshed from

time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.” – Thomas Jefferson

It Is Time To Water The Tree Of Liberty – 1

She lays blind to see

Strange fruit fell from rotting trees

She spits the old seeds

traci kato-kiriyama



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

2 responses to “Day 7 – It Is Time To Water The Tree Of Liberty – 1

  • ninarrr

    I really love your poetry.

    • traciakemi

      Hello Nina!

      i know this is a very late reply..for many reasons, i have waited to participate in the comment section and other aspects of the W W ’til now. Actually, i’m only going to respond to you and i’ll hold off until later to reply to others & be more active with the comments/sections/activities.

      i’ve just been wanting to reply to you for a while since you were the first to post a comment to me and there’s something to being a “first” that merits more timely acknowledgment:). I very much appreciate it, and i also look forward to reading your work and seeing more of what you do with the writing and directing of the web-isode series that sounds like you all are working hard on. It’s such a task to produce film/video and i hear through Narinda how much fun everyone is having – i can’t wait to join in and support in ways that i can.

      looking forward,
      traci akemi

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