Day 346 – good times; DADT haiku; resign…

Thursday, August 12, 2010
Day 346
5:43 pm

good times

bologna slices over
two-day old Wonder bread
no mayo
not hold the mayo
just no mayo

dad
as a kid
loved it anyway

’til the days
came when
he changed
grew up
got married
got divorced
got married again

moved to a
nicer
newer
neighborhood
learned to be
embarrassed

told his wife
to stop
recycling
the cooking oil
and
never wanted to
eat another
goddamn
bologna sandwich

tkk

DADT haiku

Pride, Honor, Duty
Military honeymoon
until they find You

tkk

resign the bitter pills

A kid thinks she
can eat or drink anything
She likes dirt
Likes bugs
Likes to experiment with cobweb
and maple leaf sandwiches
Heard somewhere that it’d make
for a sweet treat
Especially if she could figure out
how to make a side dish of caterpillar pancakes

It is much more fun this way,
putting things on her plate no one
is forcing her to eat
She feels satisfied, in her domain,
the world outside
her smorgasbord and kitchen

She will grow and be asked to eat things
suited for adjusted and seemingly healthy palates
Tofu
Eggs
Broccoli
Bananas
Sashimi
She may even learn to love eating some of it

She will also be asked
as she grows
to swallow the medicines
of the others
Who
Hate
her

Who
despise her natural born tastes
Who
feel better at her crumbling
insides so long as
her silence placates
their own agonizing
fear

What if she is asked
to take in all of what is given to her
for the promise
of glory
or the duty of protecting the country
and all those standing
on her own
reflection

What if she is asked to
eat
her
self

To carve out her heart
and hang it by her
intestines

Will she taste anything but
bitterness

Will she come out of it
heightened and noble

Will she come out of it
at all?

She may or may not

Perhaps
if
she
does
not

Her final thoughts
will
be
on the
sweetness of mud,
the comfort of potato bugs,
in longing
for the domain of
her youth

tkk
(for the peers of Cadet K. Miller)

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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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