Day 364 – fireflies

Monday, August 30, 2010
Day 364
1:29 am


in our moments
just before capture,

in the name of survival,
in our utmost quest
to connect,

we are fireflies

emitting a signal
of light

capturing ourselves
before darkness
in a life lived,
too short



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

2 responses to “Day 364 – fireflies

  • hoj201

    This poem is so beautifully sad to me. You are so succint. Fireflies tend to resonate with each other and create collectively emergent patters (see Steven Strogatz’s work, or his TED talk), which adds an extra depth to your choices. Was this intended?

  • traciakemi

    i’ll have to check out Steve Strogatz…what was intentional was the aspect of “capture” between fireflies and how they use their light to both attract and defend – they need each other, they reject each other, they let each other know when they are not apt to mate, or become prey. Thank you for reading 🙂

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