Day 67 – vows

Saturday, November 6, 2010
Day 67
1:15 am


fools, like me, have
wished to hear lengthy
full-blown vows,
like the extent of
a desert sky, the great
magnitude of speech
feeling almost
mandatory in
situations of ceremony

but we sat today, to
listen to
the groom’s

I love you, Christine,
it’s as simple as that

his scant remarks
at first glance,
the brevity of
a young man afraid
to cry in front of an
entire congregation, but
with more discerning
consideration, held
the wisdom
of an old soul who
simply summed up
what he has shown
her for over half
his life

the air of his words
spoke to more than
the years of his
courting, their budding
relationship, their growth
together into adulthood,

his were a few breaths
confirming decades,
their growth into
old age, the rest of their

they need not speak at
all, really,
they were in agreement
long before
this day of
formality offered
by a church of
turnstile weddings

their shoulders shrugged,
almost giddy, at every squealing
child and siren that passed
by blessing and prayer

they came upon a stubborn
wick in the unity candle and
it was
clearly already burning

all I needed to do was sit,
for once,
and witness an
of love



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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