Day 252 – Bachan’s face

Monday, May 10, 2010
Day 252
11:43 pm

Bachan’s face

every morning
i pat the lines beneath my right eye
and can’t reconcile their growth
with the admiration i held
for my Bachan and her skin

her lovely weathered face
of a thousand wrinkles
each one representing
ten thousand smiles
and bouts of laughter,
oh, that booming
hacking cough
of a laugh
she had

above and parallel
with her upper lip
she had a line
so deep
i would stare it
with wonder
on where it came
from, when it began
to take shape and how her
face seemed to form
itself around that
wrinkle

i study my face
the way i studied hers,
but with much less
reverence
and
love

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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