Day 326 – There go the walls, peeling

Friday, July 23, 2010
Day 326
4:30 pm

There go the walls, peeling

We travel alongside flashing lines

In a hurry to get there

Park hastily, pack bags in the trunk
and pile in change for the full time limit

Open heavy glass doors to air conditioning
and a ten dollar entry fee in hopes of
greatness in the exhibition ahead

We enter upon giant assemblages,
metal makeshift walls, and blown up

Catch each passerby in sparse glances
and split seconds of eye contact where
we might recall the shape of one
another’s eyelashes or bony noses

Keep moving, stop, look carefully, listen
to the historian, sit in the screening room,
consider a life’s work

Walk to the empty side corridor with
the newer work, the most recent
work, the yet unfinished work

Drop circle on a wall in Venice

No deeper description, just
something like that

Drop circle on a wall, Venice

Seconds pass, then minutes,
then I don’t know how much
time has passed because now
I am at a loss for knowing time

And words

There are no words

There is just


But me standing inside that

The crowds, the security, the
amplified sound from the screening
room, the docents, have all vanished

There is just

Being there

Looking at the back of a head
standing next to the back of
a shorter, smaller head

It is the backside of a father
and a daughter

Clearly, it is, no matter what
the sticker on the wall says

There it is

We walk into a life’s work and see
There is exhibition and
there is story
There is observation
and there is time spent immersed
in a moment by the gift of another

We meet with a soul’s voice
and loosen our strings

We our devastated by our own layers

There they are

There is where we find ourselves



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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