Day 39 – 33 miners digging for air

Saturday, October 9, 2010
Day 39
12:00 pm

33 miners digging for air

before the cave fell in, did
they imagine themselves

holy harbingers of said
wedding bands, 18″ chains,
plated rims, gilded bathtub, cuff,
coin, leaf, bar, pipe, record, statuette,
carved bracelet, back molar filling,
pastry decoration, sovereigns,
door knobs, wallpaper, link,
chalice, watch, mask,
crown, bidet, cup
and of
course the
holy cross
oh god
the pipeline
the golden
feeding tube

thirty three miners try to dig finger
holes in hopes of a sudden rush

palms against rock
sloughing dirt against feces
against a time bomb ticking clock,
inside a vessel carved for copper and gold,
were told of Camp Hope outside, so
some sang songs, but to some
to no avail, threshold for pain
too low for gold and copper,
but to wring the necks
of those
who dust
pay above
their heads
for the
sake of
precious metal

oh cold copper pipe
oh gold holy cross

sixty six
days yet cold
sheets wait over 33 beds
and still no gold



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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