Day 59 – Gerry

Thursday, October 29, 2009
Day 59
11:30 pm – 12:00 am


A grunting, a sound of
sure laughter, an opinionated
estimation in the artistic arena

In the back of a theater
there is always lurking
a man of such stature

He knows better than
what we the actors have to
smile for underneath our lighting

He laughs because
we think the lights the stage
the time the show is ours

We are mistaken
We are foolish as we ready ourselves
He knows this, and us, well

His eyes are somewhat heavy
to match a belly full of dues paid by
fast food from high strung producers

His hands are strong
and we have no idea what ladders
they have pulled to move our displays

And we are mistaken again
He and his peers do not reach in to
their vaults and mastery for us

It is always
for Art
They push us forward to light the Art

They do this tirelessly, thanklessly
They laugh and praise the truth
when we are not around

We come in and out of the space
We go along our merry way, never
around long enough to turn off the lights

When we are lucky we see someone
like him up at the rafters or the grid, always
at the heart of the theater

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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