Day 56 – handwritten degrees

Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Day 56
3:33 pm

handwritten degrees


we are here



to each other
we may provide
for permission
but never give
any of that space
to ourselves

we are here


lead guidance
where we may
see the etchings
we carve in
to the fog

be sure of oneself
before trespassing

it is deadly to trample
on the paths of others,
it is tragedy to never
rake trails,
step toward the line we
might attempt to walk
on our own


Within this class i rule
the stolen hour dead,
escaping pails and cages
and the promise of fair, light
feather beds

We are gruesome while
we cower underneath
the degrees they tote above
our heads, needing solace,
wishing for fewer violations,
perhaps some water or
crumbs of hearty bread

Within this hour i proclaim
the maker’s mark on our
nest, will be the blood
we derive from souls who
see our limbs as unworthy,
barely brilliant book ends







this is the space
we make in to

in to
beaches and beds

in to
lakes and rivers

in to
miles and paths

in to
what walked, what ran

in to
stories lived

in to
penciled, penned



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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