Day 274 – Sister Jo

Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Day 274
10:30 pm

Sister Jo

she really likes gifts

comes all the way to Seattle
from Dublin
to visit her nephew and niece
because they make it a point
to present her with
something nice
on her birthday

you might think
that’s a long way to
come for a birthday

you might think
they must be really
nice gifts

you wouldn’t know
until some time
that Jo
spent a lifetime
surrounded by other
girls her age
who loved nothing more
than to tear at her dignity
by taking jewelry off
her body
confiscating all

sounds like an
endless ordeal
with the mean girls in
high school

but this was the nunnery

and come September
she celebrates 70 years

sitting across the dinner
table with our new friend
it made perfect sense
and joy
to understand
what was behind
her bright smile and
the sparkly brooch
on her sweater,
why she never ever
wears black,
and how much she
cherished her new
birthday gift



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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