Day 226 – Waterfall

Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Day 226
4:43 pm


walks underneath
familiar shelter that
reflects her mothers,
great aunties, and
great great grandmothers,
whose faces are carved
on the mountains
embracing the waterfall
above her

she sees
how it tells the story
the movement of
her people

like steady flow
into a drain
as mainland men
with big money came

large plots of land
built for dreams too
small to accommodate
of precious real estate
taking the land of
the people
who call it home,
and had done so,
for generations
upon generations
upon generations

they are dead now
and she is left
remember them

sticks her fingers
through the wall
of the waterfall
thunderous and tranquil
in only the way
running water can be

and sings a
mourning song
for her children,
the next generation
to face
waterfalls weeping
against the mountain,
toward the earth,
to soak the soil,
the souls of their



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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