Day 194 – amuse bouche; Industrial; K

Saturday, March 13, 2010
Day 194
5:02 pm

amuse bouche

The little guy
Folded himself
Into an envelope

Came sailing
Right through
My mail slot

He didn’t trust
Anyone to see
It all through

His guts, snout
His whistles and
His heart

No way he could
Let this pass,
He confessed

We had to witness
The show’s

Me the chef
And he
The stir fry

Why not
But watch the cool
Follow the sizzle

If only to eat
Leftovers designed
To kill


Industrial Street

be love
in between
chums with

Secret Service

a black and white cat
a French bistro
black slacks and
white longsleeves
who convene at dusk

people actually do
live here

in and out of loud
steel gates they walk
with a casual pace
to their

Smart cars
Fancy clean cars
Carefully locked cars

the only people of
Color I see walking
on the street are
the ones rushing
to clock in by 5
at the restaurant


Kaya Simone

Waves her plastic fork with an
empowered smile

Doesn’t even ask, just grabs
while the aunties look for a knife
Each lick of frosting off the
candle ends happens quickly
with a raised brow and a
knowing frown

All the kids,
Professional Saturday-in-the-park
gather ’round her
eager, but they know their place

Every kid has their day

She gets all the trinkets
from the top
and swipes the sides
in bold strokes with her fingertips

Better hurry with those plates
forks and knife

Her sideways glance says it all

You can have a piece
but this muffukah belongs to me

Hello, Kitty



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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