Day 29 – Artesia Boulevard

Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Day 29
11:45 pm

Artesia Boulevard

the end of each Friday felt
like twilight, the only time we
forgave the small hills we climbed
to get there, and when we knew
what was coming next

the best weekend afternoons
for us as kids were at our
grandparents’ nursery,
with the hardest choice being
between more time at the koi
pond and breaking away to
meet Grandma at the machine
for some pop, though we
realized for us it was called
soda the rest of the week

in the tiny office next to the
big gardening supply shop,
the smell was unforgiving
for children racing against
fertilizer and fighting with
the dust, something too foul
to be called stale, we wrestled
with the receipts and old
pencils just to whittle our ways
with the long afternoons of
idyllic unrest

I would sneak back to the
koi pond again when family
business turned to speaking in
Japanese, since that meant
money talk, so no one noticed
when I danced with fish and sang
to the dangling moss loving of
the stone and shade it
depended upon

it was a fairly simple slot
of time spent alone,
at the pond, I would dream
of more pop, at the pop
machine I would dream of
musical koi

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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