Day 219 – for the kitti show and tell

Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Day 219
4:40 pm

for the kitti show and tell

thank goodness and the
existence of cats
for the gifts of
simplicity
and perspective

little Ollie
stands on his
blue stool when
he wants Greenies

Peanut makes
biscuits for ten minutes
to get comfortable
on the couch

Honey Cat
crawls underneath my
legs when it’s hot outside
and she needs shade
but still wants human
contact

when i am
overwhelmed
by this world
and this career
and the work ahead
and does anything i write
make sense
and next steps
and call this person back
and pay mom for the
Orkin bill
and where did the money go
and i’ll never get that
investment returned
and the mic stands are broken
and when is that check
coming in

i need something
to help me take a step
back
take a deep breath
and
these days
if i all of a sudden
stop
to smile

it’s often
because i’ve
just spotted the
breathing belly
of one of my cats

and what is simpler?

pinkish, brown with dirt, paws
clean fur
a wet nose

twitching when they reach REM
in their dream cycle
watching them eat a treat or
a catch a mouse in their sleep
touching my face in the
morning when they want
me to get up

the desire to be fed
with clean water,
good food,
and lots of love

sleep
exorbitant amounts
of sleep

and
as children provide
the answers to future
kitties point me
to definitions
of basic
desire and need

so i breathe better
smile wider
and
pause everyday

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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