Day 17 – It Is Time To Water The Tree Of Liberty – 2

Thursday, September 17, 2009
Day 17
1:42 am – 2:42 am

“…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 – 2

Back

so they say

Back to the glorious youth of our
Fathers and grandfathers

Back to the time of
Values at the brink of
Supreme beginnings of
This country

Back

so they beckon
so achingly they reminisce

A childhood full of
Promise

promises

according
to line
by line
of those hands
who penned
the first draft

to line
by line
by switch
by blade
by rope
by reins
of those hands
who first seized
the craft

they are thirsty

they grieve
a drought
of history

tears
arise
to reason
with

What happened

they cry

What

Overnight

Has happened
To this
God-forsaken
Country
To put our
Children
At the bay
Of unfathomable
Change

they

Have
No
Idea
What
Is
Happening

their tongues lie
at the cusp of
release

we are to view opacity
in blood-ridden
speech

it takes little
so very little
so fortunately unfortunately
nothing at all
to see
the transparency
lying before us

Hate

like history
comes
full circle

traci kato-kiriyama

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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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