Day 119 – Baghdad; letter to a weeping willow

Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Day 119
9:40 pm, 11:11 pm


rolling underneath sand-stalker
vacations and hot tub-tickled tales
it is easy to drink in the bubbly
of Holiday and the trinkets of
buffet-kissed gatherings

endless though it may seem
we want it to be

but there is the rolling to one
side of a stark morning long before
the alarm is to sound off and I
keep staring in to the eyes of a
child, wicked for all her wisdom

far off in a city I barely wish to dream
of, she is telling me to behave

there is a child there in Baghdad
sweaty, pickled skin as I turn on the
fan…chapped, chafed lips as I wiggle
the sock off my left foot in the
middle of the night

there is no justice in this picture,
only that she can’t really see me

and if I sit any longer trying to
imagine fair, energetic actions and
docile, peaceful protests, I may never
turn to one side, never sleep on the
far edge of the bed, ever again


letter to a weeping willow

What’s the matter with you?

Walking around with a heart
broken by an old grave

The fact is,

He is dead

Your heart is gone

And that is a shame

But don’t tell me life sucks
and there is no such thing
as choice

That’s no way to raise a
child who wishes to hold
her heart in her own hands



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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