Day 235 – a little too old school

Friday, April 23, 2010
Day 235
1:30 am

a little too old school

Summer afternoon in late August
school was starting soon
and seventh grade seemed
less exciting than the rite
of passage a year before
from John Adams Elementary
to J.H. Hull Middle School

But it was a funny morning

Not because of the midsummer
heat that kept me asleep
longer than usual

Nor from the realization
I could finally identify
with Margaret and my
Judy Blume books,
feeling what a girl does
in waking to her first

It didn’t seem like a big deal

But something felt wrong
when mom handed me
a menstrual belt

a menstrual belt

Confused expression mistaken
for distress, mom consoled,
“You’ll get used to it.”

Must have been a year later
when I saw pads
that could stick to your

without a belt

a menstrual belt

And no wonder
no one knew what
the heck I was wearing
or talking about


It was
after all
1985, far enough,
i would say, from
the sixties





for real –


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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