Day 10 – Standby

Friday, September 10, 2010
Day 10
10:38 pm


We see her drowning
atop solid ground
and have nothing
for her in return but
downcast eyes and
heaps of hope

What does she wish for?

To sleep

In her moon pool

And maybe


Fall awake

To see
a sky that has found
a reason to represent stars

Until then

She will stay nested in
her cocoon, allowing her lungs
to widen once in a while
It is one breath at a time these days
and we will ask for no more
than that

She owes nothing to us
and our well-wishing,
empty hands


How much we want for better
has nothing to do
with healing

Leave her to her silence,
to any bit of relief from
clouds by the silk she
threads with her own
for now
do nothing else but wait



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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