Day 202 – between you and the universe; hollering

Sunday, March 21, 2010
Day 202
4:30 pm

between you and the universe

in a moment of candid calm
we wanted someone
to fly above us and
flash their tight suit,
cape, and shiny grin

over yonder, the
placid chain of great lakes laid
silly awake
among the monsters
of the wily food chain
staring over

at all of us

the farmers
whose grief poured into
the soil
and to no goddamn avail

(the chaos farmers
got the smallest take)

here’s to the
nothing
of what we contemplate
when
we open ourselves up
while lying
down
looking to the stars
from
the center of
superman’s crater

(someone was once here)

hidden within our hole
past midnight
we giggle in our comfy
blanket
still sandy from last week’s jaunt

we can feel a presence
beyond ours

before tractors
and suicide liquid, and
poisoned watering holes

we whisper to each
other a simple song
the one she offered us
at the time of the womb
when we were
actually still cognizant

(eager students of a new class
we purported answers
while secretly craving
some kind of safety
to ask questions
so now we admitted
the need to do some
looking back)

it is simple
she told us

shut up for once
and listen to the earth
around you

remember things,
like
dirt,
and life, and
death

plant some seeds
that will regenerate

then start plowing

the stories
are are already there,
kids,
and they’re not hidden
in some slick comic book

tkk

(title from NH)

hollering

driving down the 91 two weeks ago
felt your heart at the Cherry exit

pumped so loud as to halt all cars
who were in the midst of speeding

right then you twisted the wires above
me to put on that song we danced to

right there on the radio station i rarely
listen to but you wanted me to smile

wanted me to think of us and remember
you sit and still wonder what went wrong

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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