Day 261 – White Paper Bag

Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Day 261
9:04 pm

White Paper Bag

She was barely able
to make light of
her bed
in the morning

Come afternoon
nothing much
would change
except for the angle
of sun coming through
the wooden venetian
blinds onto her sheets

She studied the
angles and shadows
very carefully,
sipped water,
told the kids to
stay out of the bedroom
and wait for their father
to get home
so he could bring her the
white paper bag
with candy inside

For years
they didn’t figure
out that treasured
sack of goodies
was just the latest in
a set of prescriptions
their father wrote for
their mother
with his heavy hand

The whole time they
had followed instructions

Stayed away,
brought her clean
glasses of water,
and wondered when
she might walk
out of the bedroom
and let them eat those
M&M’s and Nerds
with her

(for gbf)



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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