Day 103 – dare

Saturday, December 12, 2009
Day 103
10:30 pm – 11:27 pm


i dare you to peace

i dare you to the joy
of your rewards

i dare you back to
your dreams

i dare you to meet
the light of your
heart halfway where
it has dimmed in the
midst of a position
too far anchored
in bureaucracy and
precedence to see
the picture of who
and what is missing

they are gone and
there is no us and
them in the death
and disappearance
of a childhood or
an entire village

they remain buried
underneath the feet
of those who are
waiting to meet with
you on their terms
and it is the least
to be done since
it is their country
where you occupy
time, space, ghosts
and lobbies

they can not wait
any longer for you
to reach the depth
of your most
noble aspirations

must we dare you
to come forth to
the ideals of your
heroes philosophies

must we dare you
back to where you
once were at a time
you looked ahead
to where we could be

must i tell you
it is not here, in war

must i see it in your
wary eyes, trying to
convince yourself
of your speeches

i must dare you to own
your own dreams

i dare you to where
you planned to take us

i dare you to where
you hoped us to be

i dare you to walk
the child
the village
the people
the dream

i dare you to peace

i dare you to peace

i dare you to peace

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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