Day 54 – simple

Saturday, October 24, 2009
Day 54
2:22 am – 3:11 am


He liked simple things
handfuls of peanuts,
watching TV until
he fell asleep,
Hershey’s Kisses and
Cheez-Its always
in stock at the couch

His son liked
simple things, too, like
a stack of newspapers
to read aloud
because he liked
hearing himself
read out loud

The Dad didn’t
particularly care for
the volume at which
the son recited
news that he had
either already read
or purposely skipped

But that’s the way
it was to be read
in a corner bedroom
of the house
by a young boy
who knew he’d grow
to be a reporter

He really didn’t
read aloud
for the training
or because he
thought he had
the best voice
in the world

He just thought it
would be nice if
someday his father
told him he was
doing a fine job,
or sounded good,
something simple
like that

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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