Day 124 – crematorium – 1

Saturday, January 2, 2010
Day 124
8:17 pm – 9:13 pm

crematorium – 1

you will never forget
the cold concrete floor
and brick walls
of the crematorium

your index finger
will always remember
its strength
against each button
of the incinerator

the inner sides of your ears
and temples
will ring
with the memory
of a sudden clamor
from the closing of
a thick metal hatch
preceded by such
a soft, pleasant
roar upon

your being

will always remember the day

it was introduced
to the
definition of


as they cracked a small
opening for you to peer
back in to the corridor
surrounding the
cardboard box

and the fire

you will never forget
the fire

like a burgeoning, orange wave
reaching out to warm
you in a blanket of heat
and your body does
not want to let go
of its embrace
and your eyes are
fascinated by the light
and all of you
is mesmerized
into stillness
the final closure
of the chamber door

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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