Day 229 – That day they left you behind

Saturday, April 17, 2010
Day 229
5:00 pm

That day they left you behind

It was nothing,
Seeing as how there was a known
Pattern that had developed
For the reasons kids
Ponder burning
Ants through a
Magnifying glass

On a whim, a famous feeling
Among children,
You were retrieving rubber
For the next round of dodge ball
When you looked up to
Find your team
Had changed jerseys

Boys led by boys, they
Scattered away with firm
Instructions that you
Were no longer listed
In the rule book

It shocked you into
Remembering recess
Of a week prior
Only it was not you,
But that poor Matsumoto kid
With the unfortunate penchant
For competent marksmanship
In Ms. Manky’s classroom

But this happened
To be the day
You acknowledged
Their particular handicap
And could see the need
For compassion
Even with Pinocchio pals

Of course that notion was
Not necessarily palpable
Until years later and
Processing through every
Self-help section of your
and a better circle of
Who in turn call you their

Looking back,
You can feel your
Knotted breath like it was
And wonder whether
You’d have it done any



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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