Day 69 – in gassho; little prince

Monday, November 8, 2010
Day 69
6:14 pm

in gassho

if to place meaning on a day of birth or an anniversary of couplehood is a way
of giving in to attachment,

then I will extract the idea of suffering and replace it with a fact for days like
these, that we are alive at all

to wake to the scratching of kittens at your door instead of the etchings of
shrapnel, to eat a full meal with enough

for leftovers that will likely get thrown away a week later, to celebrate your
birth is more than for pleasure

it is the privilege of acknowledgment itself that we sit here to wish upon small
fires in plain view of dreams, of tomorrow


little prince

your gaze upon our cat
is one incomprehensible
to most parents of human

who would get such joy from
a child who chews every
available paper bag at
6 a.m.?

some of our best times are
watching him weave new
patterns into the kitchen
screen with his claws and
adding texture to the

much of my giddiness each
day is watching you watch
him, listening to the two of
you converse in a language
tolerable for a softie and a
little prince

it may not be something I
will ever get to hear between
you and your own child, but
I can imagine this, and better
yet, wanting to hear this,
for the rest of my life



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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