Day 315 – succulent

Monday, July 12, 2010
Day 315
4:00 pm

succulent

none would say the word
and think of my friend the lime

such a word is always reserved
for the seemingly more desirable
summer fruits
those tropical ones
whose names
i need not utter

but this lime is said
to have cross-pollinated
with the nearby tangerine
and its pulp so abundant
i freeze it in my water
everyday
to make juice like
popsicles

these limes came from a
tree of a late grandmother
of my love

i like to think
maybe she raised him
the way she raised her trees

with hearty hands and
brusque pragmatism

with duty and obligation
to watchfulness and
a sense of ease

such an attitude works well
when you are actually trying
to help something grow

now i am the lucky
one who has the pleasure
today
of all the
wonderful fruit of
an old woman’s labor

tkk
(title from g)

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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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