Day 13 – like incense

Monday, September 13, 2010
Day 13
9:13 pm

like incense

i like incense, i watch
its fog roll across the tops of
wiry hair and bald heads of
laden mourners

for all its attachment to ceremony,
to all accustomed to aging and
passing, there is calm
and reverence therein

it travels like contemplation,
like checklists, like lines through
the names who are no longer
due their koden

it calls me to pay attention
to homage, in kind,
in community, to its existence,
its mere purpose

like death, which has
become something to
neither like or dislike,
but to watch

tkk

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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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