Day 85 – Scale – 9 – loss

Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Day 85
8:02 pm

Scale – 9 – loss

the scale of loss

is not measured,
in this case,
by
death

it is keeping certain things
where they no longer
need to be

the tissue that fell
into the empty recliner

it is one second and
zero degrees of separation from
remembrance
and
glassy eyes

it is noting
“Oh, he’d really like that”
until I
note
what it is I’m
noting

it is a quiet Christmas

it is me floundering
around Elvis songs
to sing for you

it is me worried about spending
time on this as a topic for all
the work that needs to get done
before the weekend

it is me getting up from the table
too many times

it is me passing by the hefty, bumpy
lemon dangling on the tree
every morning,
letting it sag,
letting it remain
in the corner of my eye

it is me writing this poem again
next year

it is not measured,
in this case,
by departure

but by
the arrival
of a mind
lost and loathe
in
dwelling

loss within
itself,
loss

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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