Day 352 – unsuckled

Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Day 352
2:00 am


He tries but is terrible at having
heartache manifest in growth

He would rather hang by the old
forgotten redwoods and pick at it’s skin

He flicks each piece of bark
one by one,
smiles at filling the afternoon sky
with suggestions of turbulence

Whittles away at the trunk with one hand
while sucking at his flask,
eyes burning with tears dripping down to
mix with the snot over his shiny,
swollen, purple lips

He hiccups
grunts and laughs,
despises his joy over being the victim

Clings to that near-dead tree,
wishes he had a stronger nerve to bury
himself with its rotting roots so
he might be pitied,
allowed to reincarnate
as a lone stalk of blue cornflowers
and be picked to sit and wither
atop some other’s grave



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 352 – unsuckled

  • sanskritoflove

    idyllic like a van gogh landscape. the underlying dark is well-painted, esp. the latter image of cornflowers – they have deep meanings in folklore, namely re: love and loss.

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