Day 17 – swimming 1, 2, 3

Friday, September 17, 2010
Day 17
9:15 pm



wind whips us to shape,
desert keeps us attentive,
the fire pit softens our skin

but not water

the night ocean dares us
to fashion it as a place of
solace, of some kind of raging
calm so massive we move
to make sense out of it

but some evenings
it simply laughs, asks me
to come closer and fold in to
its force, as if I would have it
do anything but take my

yet it is lovely, and tempting,
and ever present is the thought
to flip and roll about in between
the coming forth, the backing
up, sand slipping under my
feet, asking me to swim

to disappear, to perch atop
nothing but the rolling, the
tumbling underneath

to do more than to ask it for
answers, to deliver wishes,
to attempt to take it with me




i swam on the team
and we all peed in the pool
ah, warm memories




sound of the buoy
lapping against the
boat and the water

we come to relax as
its sound eventually
escapes us

the buoy dreams of
cutting deep into water
leaving us to quiet

to the place where
we are alarmed
by the silence



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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