Day 73 – What’s Happening?

Thursday, November 12, 2009
Day 73
8:31 pm – 8:57 pm

What’s Happening?

what is this?
this need to rummage through
other peoples lives
and have ours defined
by who tunes in, follows, spies, on ours
by how many we have in our
our address book, our list of
confirmed friends, our grids and
graphs and stats tracking all of
that, all of it
why do I need it
what is it i am truly seeking?
does the act make the
need and drive for such things
worse
much worse?
imagine to think if it could make
it any better
any less?

I see what happens
Facebook loves our ego
It preys upon it

what if we let it go?
the whole thing
just one day, like tomorrow
what would everyone do
if notified that the whole system
would shut down and we
would not be able to start over
until some time in the future
until some unknown later
who would shrink
who would scramble
who would smile?

i see what happened
i was born before my time
or perhaps too late

is it more than ego?
more than the need to feel important
in the eyes of others
is it a need to feel connected
and the most convenient way
determined to be the internet?
who said we need to know
maybe no one did
maybe we just
want
to know what is going on with
everyone around us
we want constant access
or maybe I’m just talking about
other people because
I am not sure I’ve ever wanted that

i see what happens
you stay on your computer
i’ll go find a book

traci kato-kiriyama

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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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