Day 146 – Happening upon a bookstore with grandma Drake

Sunday, January 24, 2010
Day 146
9:20 pm – 9:59 pm

Happening upon a bookstore with grandma Drake

Well then…
Aces for the eyes
Of your synapses…

A girl remembered
Her first lesson on
The way
Of seeking
Of obtaining

What her grandmother
Meant by
The welcoming bell
And the bastardly
Creases upon the search
For a new book

When grandma was my age,
Recalled the girl,
She had to have each one
New and pristine

From the moment
It was official by the
Loose change in her pocket
They were of her possession
Those books became
Hers forever

Selfishly slobbering,
She devoured them
Their taste, divine
And she, wholehearted
No longer giving care
For their infancy as
To bend them backwards
To cajole each chapter
Into believing the contents
Living within rested
Upon her shoulders
Everything just shy
Of ripping every page
As she turned them

All to wreck
Their fancy
Only after
The first echoing
Through the middle passage

She said to the little girl,
Remember this that
You can touch
Behold as your own
Lend to not even a one
If only to keep the
Story in your heart forever

You shall take this
As fresh and open
And mold it to
Your chest

These are the aces
The diamonds
The bread

Is rare,
My dear,
It is what
You shall hold
And share with no one

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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