Day 91 – tomatoes

Monday, November 30, 2009
Day 91
3:42 am – 4:32 am


what can you say
the lady raised a fledgling farmer
the kind of kid who plucked notes
instead of weeds and heard chords
when he squeezed a varietal
of tomato seeds

distracted though he seemed
to be he planted them deep,
made sure to turn the topsoil,
and hid the dirt under
his fingernails for later

it was in his private shed
where he composed the textures
he heard earlier in the fields
cornstalks became the wind of an ute
thunder reduced to a single clave
lightning turned to riotous timpani

and I, the nosy neighbor,
laid lazy on a hammock nearby
listening for his daily score that
proceeded to frame the clouds
leaping in the sky above my
darting imagination

someday, I hoped,
we would become friends
he could ask me to listen
to his latest composition
and I would oblige

upon the drums crescendo
he might ask whether I heard
his heart sink in the way rain
piles up and runs off the soil

and I would just nod,
approve, ask for another
song, and volunteer more
appreciation than I could
actually understand

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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