Day 52 – simply a daughter, For a Senator

Thursday, October 22, 2009
Day 52
1:25 am – 2:17 am

simply a daughter, For a Senator

You never had a daughter.

This must be why you are finding a way to succumb to the lobbyists
at your door.

You must think much about one congressman after contractor
after contractor after another after another, knocking relentlessly.
Calling in the favor and sending their power of suggestion through
the corridor of your commitment to the politics of career.

Simply rape.

What is that, you say?

Simply, rape.

She must think much about


about silence,

about several years.

about the way arbitration is a long walk through a dark hallway
to a tiny room where they try to keep the door locked

She must think about one man after the other after the other
after she already stated so many times,

This Place Is Not Safe.

Do you know she became aware of her contract
with a workplace on the day she realized
everyone there had stopped listening?

And at some point she could only hear one after another after another
after another after another.

And at some point she wondered whether this story would find
the light of day in order for it to change.

And at some point she had to make the phone call to her Dad.

From that point, a father and his child thought essentially,
relentlessly, of rape. Simply rape.

At some point we close our doors and
hear what rings truest and ever clear in our minds.

You can lock your door for a moment this evening, find yourself
lost in thought of why you are doing what you are doing,

and imagine a daughter.

She could have been yours.

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

One response to “Day 52 – simply a daughter, For a Senator

  • awesomepie

    Better late than never:

    Heavy. “Simply rape” is the kind of phrase that makes me cringe, all the more when I think of how many people probably don’t cringe when they hear it.

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