Day 303 – Familiar

Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Day 303
3:00 pm


The funeral for
My sister-in-law’s mother
Was much like any other
For an old person
Eulogy and personal history
Said in Japanese

How much longer
How many more
Until there is only
English spoken

The old faces
Atop little bodies in the
Softened suits they only
Wear to funerals
So they
Walk well in them
These days
These years

We will take our turn
In taking their place


And it will feel like
Too fast
The time we’ll
Walk out of the temple
After the service
Smiling together
Patting each others backs
Holding onto each others elbows
Some Hobbling
Some with canes
Some with wigs or dyed hair

Even though I can
Barely speak any Japanese
Will I choose to say
“Sa! Genki! Genki!”

Just for the sake of being

And for the sake of holding
onto a time past

For the sake of the

Who will be standing
Off to the side
Watching us



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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