Day 77 – you and your cat.

Monday, November 16, 2009
Day 77
11:34 pm – 12:36 am

you and your cat.

i know something about you and your cat.
the first cat to enter your life and live with you.
and you lived together for many, many years.

he had grown up on the street a couple years and was a tough guy.
he ate shrimp and chicken from your hands and became a very fat cat.
he became known among your friends for his incredible affection.
he endured your absence, your loud gatherings, your many moves.
he laid next to you through your tears and decomposing relationships.
he loved humans and went up to everyone who came over.
he made people change their minds about being dog people.
he made you silly and loving and childlike everyday.
he got sick and grew light.
he fought a good fight right up to the moment you had to put him down.

you had never imagined yourself owning a pet until he came around.
you realized quickly that you did not own him but he owned you.
you could not stop taking his picture or talking about him.
you, knowing the way he was, wanted everyone to meet him.
you were busy but always thought about being at home with him.
you knew at some point he would grow old but thought it came too soon.
you lost the single through-line of your adult life the day he died.
you realize he was your favorite reason for having so many people over.
you feel sorry for new people who come over now and can not meet him.
you are walking through this life changed forever by his life, and his death.

these are just a few things about you and your cat.
or i could be completely wrong and you don’t at all identify.
in that case, now you know something about me and my cat.

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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