Day 158 – A.A.F. S.O.L. – 8) Health and Hazards

Friday, February 5, 2010
Day 158
3:15 pm – 3:58 pm

A.A.F. S.O.L. – 8] Health and Hazards

the first and last son
of nine children
never met each other

i wonder
what
their mother
thought of that
for surely
it crossed
her mind

or what if it
was ever present
sealed
like an atomic shadow
to its brick wall

Were her meditations
ever caught off guard
at the moment of
an ambulance
racing
at the end of her
street

Were they
tangled
in the steam
drifting past her
forehead from the
miso shiru she was
stirring at her stove

Were her memories
coupled by
the sound of laughter
and
that
the youngest boy
had no idea
he sounded just
like his oniisan
while ripping through
the house
with his paper airplane

Did she laugh
or did she cry
when politicians
spoke of the
Little Boy
and how its
detonation
saved the world
from a longer war

traci kato-kiriyama

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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

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