Day 108 – in a hole

Thursday, December 17, 2009
Day 108
11:48 pm – 12:45 am

in a hole

a man starts with nothing
decides to pick himself
sees he was able to do so with
a lot of luck and determination

along the way he is so inspired
and so he inspires those around him
of almost nowhere someone suggests
this man should run for president

there go the doors, swinging again
letting him know they are wide
he steps up, steps through, and runs
he charges, he grasps, and wins

many more than were before are full
of hope and stand steadfast, awake,
for all the changes, many changes, some
changes, or for some thing to change

less than half the time it took to get him
to where he was meant to warm a seat
suddenly stop in their tracks and look back
a few months to feel completely confused

they had raced alongside promises but
watched them fall like hurdles, one by
toppling and tripping over war, don’t ask
don’t tell, guantanamo, health care

people can’t help but run out of breath
shouting where oh where did the man
they stop altogether and backtrack
realize they are surrounded by holes

there through an opening in the earth
every one takes a moment to look
it is there where he goes, there he falls,
yet he still runs, right in to the ground



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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