Day 69 – mind reader

Sunday, November 8, 2009
Day 69
11:51 pm – 12:42 am

mind reader

i wished for someone
who just
who just
got it

a mind reader, if you will

or an event planner

a romantic in the best of all definitions,

not necessarily a provider
of extravagant retreats
or expensive presents

but someone with the ability to
remember a birthday or anniversary
with a simple, albeit organized, plan
where i don’t have to administer anything
maybe one that includes a gift of a
handwritten card or a song sung in surprise
definitely, the element of surprise! as
a romantic expression of thoughtfulness
is something i have always yearned for

you are not really about any of that

you don’t like to plan or produce,
you don’t write me letters or poetry,
you probably still don’t even have
my number memorized

but today was your birthday
and you didn’t frown once
that we spent the better part
of it going to the hospital to pick
up my mom, take her to get some
food, hang out with her at home,
read through all of her papers,
and make sure she understood
how to follow the doctor’s
instructions before we left

and when we found out just how
sick Kitti was by the end of last year
you didn’t think twice about how
he needed the two of us to administer
the needle into his back and
medicine down his throat
twice a day, everyday, for six months
not one day passed where you assumed
any other position than that of my partner
and Kitti’s teammate

enough time has passed
to have me see
beyond special events
to behind the scenes of
what you are every day

i know
i get it

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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