Day 30 – schism

Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Day 30
6:13 pm – 7:13 pm


an old woman takes a bath in a river of mud

thousands of miles away in an american city
organization 2 pulls together with organization 1
in a partnership that requires them to pause
on a particular amount of ideological discussion
beyond who can take the goods, who can access them

workers rush through crumbling buildings with valuables

organization 4 beats organization 3 to the punch
lady #5 sends updates informing the hundreds
perhaps the thousands on who is doing what, when
elder #6 echoes with an entirely different set of news
gyrl #8 picks up what she can and rolls with it

a man wades through rapid waves to collect pieces of wood

guy #7 informs organization #8 of previous
disunion that will prevent a positive turnout
of goods and good will in relation to history,
too much history, and too much left undone
between organization #3 and organization #4

victims scamper for goods being airdropped from helicopters

guy #10 sends text messages of concern
over organization #11 and their willingness to
take more than they might be able to handle
they mean well but dude #10 doesn’t want to watch
supplies collecting dust on the floors of good intention

a villager throws out a net to fish from the roof of his house

and student #13 wants to know which box is
for blankets and which one is for medication
because it is all she can do while she waits to hear
good news, please it let be good news, that she
will hear from her grandmother

because there is where it is happening
villagers are carrying coffins north of Phnom Penh
and children are crossing on high wires in
neck deep waters in Rizal province
hungry people are roaming the streets of Pago Pago
a man is sitting between the bodies of his wife
and two children in the heart of Manila
and women are securing their bags while standing
in line for a portion of instant noodles

somewhere thousands of miles away in an american city

there is covenant where unexpected,
dissonance amongst the strongest,
strengthening in the work and the conflict,
hope and decay in the ties of the city



a scramble



need beyond opportunity



a call



a heeding



time passing





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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