Day 184 – Finding a way home

Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Day 184
7:13 pm

Finding a way home

It was perverse
For you
To be with me
In the south bay
You said

Said bastion of childhood
Girl v. Boy
Basketball leagues uncomfortably
Courting your gender

Renderings apparently tried to
Draw up plans on how to keep you
If not here
Than far from where you
Needed to go

You did
Right into just
The best fit of
Boi skin

Skin touched ten years
Before we did
Just looking at you
Told me what time would bring

Bring you back someday
To the south bay and the fear
Of neighbors seeing
You come through the
Front door

Doors closed
On a holiday or
Some other reason to visit
Like parents, responsibilities,
Grandma & Grandpa, me

Me wanting to tackle
You and your anxieties
Before you hit the porch
You coaxing me toward
The back of my home

We were very aware this
Weekend meant
So you locked the door

Door opened
Hence the sight of my thighs
And wall scratchings
And smiling screams

Scream as loud as
You’d like
Because we are safe here
For minutes on end we
Are lifted

Lifting far from
Wherever it is
You grew up
You try on a new
Map to search through

Through this bit
Of time and pleasure
We get lost long enough
To draw shades
But not conclusion



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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