Day 212 – um, that’s not what i said

Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Day 212
11:14 pm

um, that’s not what i said

it sure had been a long time

we were in the same room
and i didn’t see the hurricane coming

somehow i missed the earthquake, too
right there just shaking in the aftermath
i guess i was

just sitting there too focused on balancing
the leveler above that family portrait of yours
we were trying to hang

it did look really great
you asked if i wanted one

i mean, it looks great, really
but i don’t want my
own in my home at this time

you know, that’s yours and, well,
i love what i already have hanging
around in mine, and

that’s the point where light laughter
and moving on to
dessert is usually a good thing

if not for the tornado that came by
and swooped up your
hearing and i had to repeat myself

sometimes when we’re in the middle of
a storm we have to hold on to something
so we reach for what’s familiar

there you took to talking faster
to match my breathing
there i went right into chuckling

we got stuck in that whirlwind
above our heads and my,
we just went nowhere!

we turned to face the portrait and
pretended we weren’t looking at the
blank wall surrounding it

the winds
around us
began to settle

i wondered whether we were both
wondering what the hell just happened

i almost asked but the old winds
were still noisy and i knew
you wouldn’t hear me



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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