Day 11 – tear shed

Saturday, September 11, 2010
Day 11
1:42 am

tear shed

For every hand and knee that crawled to this day, and
every hastened spirit to come ever since

Because of every way governments use this day to mask
sins, and each layer of skin we work to uncover

Our breath comes in the form of water
that, in its evaporation, breaks through
the cloudiness of today, punctures a
hole in the sky, reveals not 3,000 but
3 million above us

Woven branches like ivy form a wall
of crying souls who, stretch toward
a horizon we can not comprehend, and
in their pleading let us know it is okay
for us to cry, too

And we shall

For all of us


As tears shed, a bloodletting on yet
another solemn afternoon



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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