Day 136 – rush in to Haiti

Thursday, January 14, 2010
Day 136
6:13 pm – 7:26 pm

rush in to Haiti

look

now

at your hands

go ahead

study carefully all
of the details

count how many
life lines have
surfaced in your
current soul

are your fingernails
clean?
do they show
a day or
two worth of
solid, hard work?
do they share
with the world
how dry it
is outside today?

it is of
course, winter
and we are
here in the
form of a
desert.

we are not in Haiti.

now hear this

words

a warning

across radioactive
waves

a frightening, booming
self-righteous
smug
voice

his words

telling the world
to fear sharing
relief to
those in grief,
in need, among
masses of dead
lining the streets of
their neighborhoods
and wondering how
many millions are
sitting without limbs
or facing the
brink of disease
just like them

words
like careless seeds
strewn
through the air
by a hasty gardener
hoping to plant
destruction
with
recklessness

those words.

call him

write him

tell him

to look down
and see

blood dripping
from his hands

make him imagine

holding a child
whose spirit
has just drifted
making only his
body light by
the heaviness of
his scent as
it has laid
to rest in
the street for
three days in
90 degree heat
and 80 percent
humidity

make him wonder

how he could
have warned people
away from giving
every ounce of
their own aid
possible to provide
at this time

if there were
any moment

now
would be the
time

for him to imagine

compassion

and the blood on his hands

traci kato-kiriyama

on some days
it is all we can do to write out a piece of poetry
to keep from complete insanity and
the dead weight of selfishness and fear…
the birth that hatred gives to grief, separation, and destruction
on most days
it is all we can do to do something
and to do it
now

create

peace

please share yourself through your love

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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

One response to “Day 136 – rush in to Haiti

  • mika

    i’m inspired by the compassion in your words… the realness and the utter horror of it all and the hope that writing can bring…

    i find myself swarmed with wordless thoughts lately and have trouble putting them on paper. stifled by images…. i don’t know where to begin.

    but reading yours here is a start.

    i hope you’re well and living with peace

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