Day 75 – simple far from easy

Saturday, November 14, 2009
Day 75
1:42 pm – 2:45 pm

simple far from easy

Oliver has a way
that is simple
as all cats do

He eats, drinks water
He loves to run and play
He seeks warmth from another living being

He chooses the
silica crystals over
the organic corn litter

He goes in to the office
in anticipation of playtime
because that is where the ribbons are

He sleeps in the
dirty bundled towel
instead of a flat clean one

He makes choices
on what he needs
at every given moment

he is ultimately
mindful of himself

Years ago a counselor
shared sage advice with me
on the use of small exercises

Little things come up
as triggers when we are
caught in history or stress

If we can be thoughtful
and breathe before speaking
or take a five minute break

We will be much better off
than in the shouting that occurs
during relentless outbreak

She told me these
simple things are not
always easy to do

I know when I look at
Oliver how true that
statement to be

Sometimes I am
caught in the middle
of staring at him

I hear clearly all the calm, logical
reminders that suddenly register
no better than talk talk talk

And I am much too steeped
in some place far away,
deep down in myself

To find any of those lessons
or Oliver’s level way of breathing
any good for the given moment

All I can do is sit
and remember
simple things are not easy

Sometimes I am no better
than that and that
is all I’ve got

far from easy
simple, far from easy

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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