Day 79 – Spin

Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Day 79
8:07 pm – 8:39 pm


So you had died, so what
She really needed you to show up
Don’t tell me it’s not possible
I’ve seen a record player spin at
Mere mention of a dead man’s name
Just minutes after we returned
To his family’s home post-funeral
He loved music, the daughter said,
He was the one who used that
Player and there it went,
Spin, spin, spin

You knew it, I know you did
How could you have missed us
Flying across country and
Driving up the state just to have
Some kind of contact with you
It didn’t seem to matter to her
The way it did to me how much
Money and how many miles
Were spent on trip after trip
What a journey watching mom,
Spin, spin, spin

Sure it was unusual, but who cares
Who was I or anyone to say
A clairvoyant or psychic or
Medium or memory therapist
Could never work
I figured no matter how absurd
You were sure to show somehow
I can’t believe you never did
The thought won’t stop reeling
In my head and there it goes again
Spin, spin, spin

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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