Day 183 – do you ever say; tacos

Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Day 183
11:28 pm

do you ever say

do you ever say

I am not feeling clever today

and then ask yourself

well what does cleverness have to do with anything

and then you think

cleverness doesn’t really sound like a word

and then you go

look up the word on

and then you get fixated

cletuses is a much more fun word

and then you decide

it doesn’t seem right that cletuses is oriented to male beings

and then you remember

you have your meeting with a student on Thursday

and then you note

you are going to have a long conversation on gender and he and she

and then you wonder

if you could share your thoughts on cletuses with that student

and then you feel a little nervous, a little anxious

because you two don’t seem to have humor between you

and then you’d like to think

you two don’t have humor between you…yet

and then you come to the conclusion

the hope you carry better go further than your cleverness

and then you stop, you just stop right there



he folded ground beef into the middle
of a corn tortilla and set it
off to the side of the frying pan

there it laid, happy and wet,
against its sisters who were blotting
themselves on the paper towels

i asked Dad why we had to wait
for so many to pile up
and he didn’t answer or even look up

he seasoned, turned, moved fast,
laying out taco after taco to make
a mountain appear on a platter

Mom was the one to remind us this
was the one time of the year she sat
while he cooked so be patient

i was too anxious, too hungry to see
nights sealed by grease and cheese
were the ones keeping us together



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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