Day 265 – Why Martha?

Sunday, May 23, 2010
Day 265
4:40 pm

Why Martha?

why does it
seem like the
most dysfunctional
of us save everything
of something or something
of everything
hoarding paper in piles
that makes complete sense
only to its keeper
or books for bookkeeping
or magazines from 1974
in seemingly noisy stacks
that actually provide solace

then there’s the
perpetually paranoid
disguised as a healthy
minimalist who’s simply
attached by mental
handcuffs to their trash
bins and shredding machine

but upon further inspection into
we will quickly find
a center for this madness just
might be the striving for

could it be the Marthas driving us
to have just enough of
everything and everything
just so and in its place?

Martha once gazed right
into the camera and told
me to take an hour
to eat a pomegranate
She tried to tap into me at the
moment I looked beyond
her eyes and over the
perfect lighting for her
fake kitchen
We locked eyes again and
i knew one of us must be

i want to purge
i want minimal
i want martha
i want a little of nothing
and nothing of something of Everything



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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