Day 84 – Scale – 8 – death

Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Day 84
11:30 pm

Scale – 8 – death

less dignified than animals,
who retreat to private quarters
when they know they are about
to die, because they are able to
acknowledge it is coming,

we instead try to conquer what
is coming, because either we
can or we wish we could,
because we know how to fight it
or we wish we knew we could

I wonder which I will be,
the dignified lioness who will
gracefully depart or the anxious
waif who is not ready to take
stock of unfinished business

not ready to look at
the balance

not ready to note
the void

to make a measure of
life
is an obvious way in which
we may be able to measure
death
unless death comes to soon for the
portions of life we actually enjoyed
or
until we attempt to recognize it at
all in our insatiable greed for more

perhaps its mere
presence as fact is
how we may look at the
scale
of death

to hold death in
our shaking hands

for death to hold
itself

for death itself,
to have nothing,
exist in nothing,
exit toward nothing,

or to live as a
word
to be tended to
by the living

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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