Day 126 – swept

Monday, January 4, 2010
Day 126
9:27 pm – 9:58 pm


they were twirling around out there
in a space that’s got no room
for anything besides laughter

it was the night lit by that delicious moon
thick and solid gold
like the butter in Amsterdam,
not about to melt or go anywhere, any time soon

they’d just met up to brag about their
daughters and sons
and long
and short
packed with all of us,
their treasure,
their triumphs,
their will

they spoke
of the swell of wind high above our heads
and what kind of constellations
they shall bring upon us next

they never looked down
and why would they?

from so far away
at the base of a
desert mountain
i could see them
above and beyond
the totem pole sky
dressed to the nines
in their famous smiles

sit at the everlasting table,
they did
hearty chewing,
beveled glasses clanking,
whether water or wine,
nothing was too hard or too soft
to fill their cups
joyous, they were,
in their distance
from fasting forever

what a sight they were

and you caught it, yes?

i woke up

because i saw you out there, too

standing only a few feet away from me
but we had no chance to speak
while staring in awe
underneath the stars
of ancestral feet

(for A, M, M, J, L, P, T, T, T)

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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