Day 242 – 74, 75

Friday, April 30, 2010
Day 242
6:50 pm

74, 75

Dad was 73, going on 74
by western calendar
when we learned of
his cancer

i asked him how he was feeling
on his 74th birthday
and he told me
I want to make it to 75

i was sure he would

Until a month later
when he was up and gone
like a whirlwind catching
a dandelion i could not
keep in my grasp

It wasn’t until a couple
months after
31, going on 32, i
thought of how Dad once said
by lunar calendar
when you are born, you
are already a year old

It hit me right then

Pop, you made it to 75

i wish i remembered that
just a couple months before

i could have told that to him

He would have really liked to
hear me say that



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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