Day 141 – a fine job

Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Day 141
7:26 pm

a fine job

i went out to feed the cats today
(one is sick. last night, i was
bemoaning her situation and the
expensive animal hospital)

we go out each day with coffee in
hand to watch the kitten run up
the persimmon tree
(i like rituals)

we pass through the garden
that, once lush by my father’s
hands, is now overgrown and
(i think i might have altered the
makeup of the lemon tree)

in every leaf, branch, blade of
grass, half-rooted rosebush and
buried rock, this land was more
than his hobby
(there was pride in his voice when
he called himself a gardener)

this backyard was his parcel
of joy, the pragmatic piece of
his creative expression, the
better half of his daughter’s
(there is a bank of riches
underneath this dying grass)

my mom hated cats, always
warned me away from their
claws and unwanted gifts
left behind in the carefully-laid
trail of stones
(there’s poop on a patch that
awaits removal)

time is, at times, a
thank-goodness for it having
passed, just so certain parents
don’t have to lament what a mess
their daughter has turned their
successes into
(i squander green gold, i spend
half of a check on a coat i can
barely wear in 74 Degree

i finally trimmed back a tree
the other day just to feel my
fingers wrap themselves
around growth
(the pandan leaves are next)

still, i am far from the day
of holding onto something
they would’ve considered
more solid
(cash, benefits, a rake and
a shovel)

in the meantime, i’ll try to
handle a neatly coiled hose,
pruning the roses, turning
off the sprinklers
(gazing at the rosehips and



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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