Day 134 – along the river

Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Day 134
7:08 pm

along the river

they say she has a name,
this one who floats trash by her belly
while winking at cyclists and day-hikers,
but they give her a name
to offer her a soul

i don’t know if i’ve ever taken
her up on having a soul, or a name
for that matter,
but i’d like to think i can still
love her

i’ve walked with her,
taken pictures at her side,
but was too smart or too afraid
to take a plunge,
i figured that was
ritual for
new-to-towners

‘cuz we all know what sails
inside that city-dwelling river
and i don’t know whether
i’d crawl inside even
if she opened up to
swallow me in
whole

tkk
(title from N.)

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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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