Day 87 – Scale – 11 – privilege

Friday, November 26, 2010
Day 87
7:25 pm, 3:15 am

Scale – 11 – privilege

We, the marginal, might like to think
privilege
comes in a package, perhaps
one or two

Then the more we study world and
self
we
see ourselves by employing
internal voyeurism through
private microscopes
in our spare time

1. Say it, you wish
you had more of them.

2. When you first acknowledge
you do have them, you may
feel guilt.

3. You have privilege guilt.
4. Or you get real ornery and
start comparing.

5. If you become aware of your
privileges and feel gratitude, you are
well adjusted and gracious.
6. Or you may not have that many
to begin with.

7. A checklist begins.

Raking our minds past mirror,
into closet, over bookshelf,

God-fearing or not,
Fair enough or not,
Tan enough or not,
Married or not,
Single or not,
Kids or no kids,
Too ivory tower or too raw,
Too bony or too fleshy,
Too young or too old,
Too Queer
or too straight,

Privilege can be fleeting
from circle to circle

We wear masks
through each day’s
parade
regardless,
just because,
sometimes,
it is easier

8. We create armor; we build a collection.

9. Some resent themselves or
everyone else.

10. The healthy ones smile and
loosen their layers.

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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