Day 353 – in front of us

Thursday, August 19, 2010
Day 353
1:45 pm

in front of us

Sometimes I just want to stare at people

Not because they are particularly odd or
beautiful or large or skinny or fashionable

But just because
they’re sitting right there
at the table next to me
on the bench outside on
the other side of the glass

Two college kids hanging out
eating shaved ice with mango
and condensed milk

A little girl munching on
cookies, moving back and
forth between the knees of
her mother and her aunt

Lost in themselves or their conversations
Their phones
Their board games

I may listen to them and find their talk
funny or frustrating or common

And no matter what they say or do,
no matter how cool or wonderful they may seem,
It is to marvel
I will likely never see them again
I will sit here,
watch them
and not say a thing

Some days I do not have it in me
reveal curiosities
make invitations
inquire on the rules of their odd game

Some days are just for sitting
and watching the beauty of life
before us

It lives
It is everywhere
It is ridiculously ever-present

It comes and goes
right before our eyes



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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