Day 46 – Float

Friday, October 16, 2009
Day 46
3:43 pm – 4:32 pm


He smiled at the sight of a bottle of root beer
If he listened for once,
His father promised him one at the end of the day

He just needed to pay attention to all the work
That needed to be done.
His brothers were older and stronger but needed help

He knew he was facing another long day in the yard
And though he’d much rather play,
His father’s helium balloon invention was nearly done

He watched them tether the rope to secure down the mylar
How big their hands looked.
He wondered if his hands could hold rope without help

He closed and opened his tiny hands in and out of fists
If he did it long enough,
His hands might grow and maybe his body would, too

He was only happy to think about this little body of his
For one reason.
He could fit in the small basket underneath the big balloon.

He tried before and found there was plenty of room for him,
For his favorite blanket,
And for three very cold bottles of root beer

He got a good yelling at when he was caught for sneaking in
But it was worth it.
And getting his father angry was nothing much new

Here he was, before he or anyone could tell, devising a plan
And until it was time,
There was no way he or anyone would know

He smiled at the thought of three bottles of root beer,
His favorite blanket,
And floating away forever from the work and yelling from the yard

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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