Day 84 – chip

Monday, November 23, 2009
Day 84
2:15 am – 3:00 am


In the late 1960’s, there was a microchip
first tested on newborn babies in an effort
to create prototypes allergic to emotion

You were in the tenth generation of
beneficiaries so the scientists had the
formula figured quite well by then

When we met you were at the prime of
your intended level of performance and
my, did you have it down, or what?

I was informed, albeit two months in to our
dating, but I was informed nonetheless of your
wiring and before that, I had an inkling anyway

So your seemingly stoic malfunctions were
taken by me as silly little quirks intended for
an exercise in releasing from attachments

I told everyone not to worry and we went
on with our perfunctory business right until
the very uneventful barely bitter end

It was not at all sweet, perfectly sudden,
and I didn’t even take it personally, since
machines often break down unexpectedly

And to think, all my friends thought
I didn’t know the difference between
a robot and a man

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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