Day 339 – pick up the mirror

Thursday, August 5, 2010
Day 339
1:29 am

pick up the mirror

there was a time
your little-girl hand-held mirror
was only interesting when it served
its purpose as a microphone or a
power wand for time travel

and i don’t know what it was for you
but maybe it was a
billboard
a kids novel
a magazine ad
or a TV show, a
Wonder Woman,
a Bionic Woman,
a Blair, a Chrissie Snow,
a Laura, a Sammy Jo or a Krystle

at some point you looked at them
and your mirror turned on you

forget excursions to the
past or the future

you suddenly accepted preoccupations
and a new dictionary

your character, with no particular
name, developed lasting mantras

you stepped away from wonder
and into the onslaught of identity
that mirror became chains,
and burden, and memory

you grew to pronounce yourself
not so pretty
not so thin
not so much beyond mediocre
not so striking
not so tall
not so strong
not so amazing and awe-inspiring and
super wonderful fabulously magnificent

not the way you were
when you were a
simple kid

even now
with the power of hindsight
and knowledge and documentaries
and discussions and workshops and
even your own writing on empowerment
and body image and sexism and patriarchy

you shy away everyday
from your mirror

i tell you tonight
what i will say through
your mirror tomorrow morning
i will shout you awake to remind you

you are beautiful
you are fire
you are light
you are a magnification of love
you are the sister next to you
you are music in your smile
you are dance in your walk
you are golden in your embrace
you are more than trying to be,
you simply
are
you are beautiful
you are fire
you are light

time to love that
little old mirror

time to take it, hold it,
own it, sing with it and
allow you to let it
transport you
again

tkk

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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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