Day 42 – One by One

Monday, October 12, 2009
Day 42
12:35 am – 1:10 am

One by One

From the time I was a small child

open caskets, incense, chanting, urns,

built like little glossy mansions,
lifting the air in to clouds,
voices embrace a dancing sleep
a treasure lies within

More funerals than weddings over so many years

uncomfortable hymns, mass, smiles, handkerchiefs

I tried to sing along but mostly just hummed,
so much ceremony, such ornate rituals,
there were those who turned memorial in to celebration,
what a way to get to know people and their religions

what is the same

one
by
one

they are leaving us

don’t you see?

how quiet it has become in December?

I look
through
old albums

vanishing faces
caught
in stills

I need
you
to stay around
a while longer

a very, very long while

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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