Day 290 – a stroll in the city with a friend

Thursday, June 17, 2010
Day 290
2:16 am

a stroll in the city with a friend

a stroll in the city with a friend
can sometimes be like
walking alongside streams
through forests
and over mountains

you managed to dwarf
the terrain
with the expanse
of your spirit

along Broadway
or Wilshire
or on a promenade
sidewalk in Beverly Hills

you hit the pavement
and turned our walks
into marches and
campaign trails

we learned
the tactile sound of
asphalt and gravel
underneath our soles
was neither ephemeral
nor meant to be novel
it was a path we
were paving
together
as we imagined a
new way to
build movement
to take steps
to
walk

as we realized
these streets
belonged to us

as we understood
the weight of
why it was said
The World is Yours

you, my friend
created gateways
kept the doors swinging
wide open at every
intersection of Los Angeles

my memories
of strolls with you
are ones of walking
with a giant
throughout this
entire city
that is ours
that
will forever
be
Yours

tkk
(in memory of John Delloro)

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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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