Day 56 – handwritten degrees

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

handwritten degrees

1)

we are here

to

dream

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

we are here

to

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

be sure of oneself
before trespassing
there

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

2)

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

3)

w(is)h

(the)re,

(far)e

near

4)

this is the space
we make in to
classroom

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

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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