Day 24 – the student cried

Thursday, September 24, 2009
Day 24
11:31 pm – 12:11 am

the student cried

she took the shape of an egg

molded herself around a heated iron stove

struck the flame from her bed of matches

and jumped right in

she proclaimed innocence

that no one disagreed to

so we kept her going as long as she could keep on

until suddenly the fire burst

we needed to keep simmering the stew
for the bones
we needed to tend to the heat that began
to rise so long ago

before timer

before framework

before recipe

she needed to release her tending

i agreed

so goes the process of stirring


she cried


i know what you mean

she cried

with everyone

and for herself


she asked me to stop

and turn back to adjust her sign

i knew she could do it

you can do it

despite me

jump further

to display your story beyond simple


it is mere suggestion


must bring

allowance, freedom, and honesty

you are the reason

you are weeping

the tears frame your face

in the way they should


kudos to tears



due to the courage

of your own acknowledgment




and reckoning

are facing

in the right direction

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

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