Day 340 – roots and seeds

Friday, August 6, 2010
Day 340
11:33 pm

roots and seeds


in each patch of earth
there are seeds, woven
together to make
brethren of roots

we feel lucky on the days
the sky makes way
to mourn our stagnation,
to cry for our growth

each time a child points
to the clearing and stakes
a righteous claim on
a magical rainbow,

we may laugh all together,
praise gratitude for
the sake of gratitude and
shake hands with youth




health is fragile
everyone older than us
is feeling old,
getting sick,
shedding hair while
they grow cancer

the older Sansei tell me
they are busy trying to
get used to the
of aging
while they are in
the midst of this thing called

everyone around me
seems to be
or raising a
new dog

the younger
ones, well they’re
all graduating, too

and i sit
in the middle of my room
feeling the flesh around my
waist wondering if i will ever
have the urge to make
another life and have
my belly balloon



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

One response to “Day 340 – roots and seeds

  • sanskritoflove

    nice command of rhythm here. i’m (obviously) a sucker for calculated line breaks/stanzas and numbered verses. though your poems’ voice(s) may “speak” in occasionally prose-like tones (as mine do), your crafting evokes the lyricism of a real poem. good 🙂

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