Day 198 – Carrie – 1, 2, 3

Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Day 198
6:55 pm

Carrie – 1, 2, 3

when folks
of a certain age
talk about
their grown kids

news
typically looks
ahead

the trajectory
is something
exciting
like new moves
stable relationships
pregnancy
another kid
a better job opportunity

but when she
asked me
Did you hear about Carrie

well you are her
friend

of an age
over a certain age

so i held my breath

because what
too often
comes next
is

less exciting
than news
on the kids

it’s usually something
more like

cancer

or
chemo
or

we’re waiting to hear
what it is

so there you are
taking time for
yogurt with a friend

insisting we know
you are doing well
and the future looks good

it’s not your job but
you help me to smile
and take a breath

tkk

Carrie

a heroine’s laugh
she’ll tease and scold but still
picks up after your ass

tkk

Carrie

OKAY.
anything you need!
okay!
i’ll do your homework for you!
even though i don’t know what you’re talking about!
didn’t you retire?!
doesn’t matter!
i’m there!
you want yogurt?!
you want me to drive?!
let me know!
how i can help!
i just want to see your smile!
i just want to hear your laugh!
now!
smile!
now!
laugh!
HA!
okay, i’ll shut up now.

tkk

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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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