Day 8 – between rock and asphalt

Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Day 8
1:58 am

between rock and asphalt

Just before you
told me your name

I saw you barely
standing there
with crumpled knees
and a hidden but
bloody heart

Stony words threw
you back against a
concrete brick wall
and getting up
didn’t seem to matter
didn’t seem to be an

You had been about your
way, playing with rubber,
looking to complete
but what walked by was
a muddy drove who came
to deliver loneliness
with their
twisted lips
and knotted fingers

Common experts on the way
of your look,
They blamed you for
their fallen senses
They anchored
against asphalt and rock

“Build your shit elsewhere,
You don’t belong here…”

flew but
Better than blows,
you surmised,
We live if
nothing bludgeons you
more than what keeps you

Keep those words
Offer me your hand

I will complete your pair
You will teach me your
ball game

We will be safe for the
widening of each other’s
let wisdom carry us
for as long as we
shall play before we
come along the
next fight

(for this mosque,
we fight)


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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