Day 37 – 36, 37

Thursday, October 7, 2010
Day 37
7:30 pm

36, 37



We’re the 36 year-olds
without children
I used to think

Then I’d put on
headphones and go
into the Album Chamber

There’s a nice lady there
who points out the other kids
you’ve had

and gives you a big, foam
Middle Finger souvenir for your
way back out into Life


We used to shed everything
Days in the desert didn’t
Proffer long-term sun spots,
Cheeseburgers at midnight
Were just a thing of the
Past come morning

The only thing
Baby flesh held on to was
Smooth, plump and insured by

We are closer now
To the road maps
Across our face and shoulders
Tell-tale points of a time

Perhaps in another ten years I will
See what my hands have become
With lines, skin and life
Having their way with


It happened this year
They didn’t ask for ID
We had a good run



I will be halfway
To the age you were
At the time of your death

I will pull another number

It may make less or perfect sense
But it is convenient and
I will breathe easier


35 was sexy
36 feels like a cusp into crisis
37 shall flow from the ebb

So it was
So it seems
So it shall be


90s Grace Lee Boggs
80s Yuri Kochiyama
70s Ma
60s Evelyn Yoshimura
50s Patty Nagano
40s Jenni Kuida
30s celebrate, shut the fuck up and keep going



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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