Day 151 – light switch

Saturday, January 29, 2011
Day 151
10:34 pm

light switch

When we turn the lights off,
what is it?

No matter how honest and
raw we think we are telling
our pages to be, are we
there right now? Am I?

What would our other-voices
spit into the dark, what hidden
etchings exist, with shortened
shallow breaths,

Heavy hands trying to control
slippery fingers, penmanship
so heavy the impressions
goes four pages deep

Whatever it is, where is that?

My chest tells me, my gut
is shouting, my underbelly
is turning, all in cahoots to
instruct me there is more

his love, her promises, the
secrets before his death, the
threats she uttered to her
own child, my ugly mirror,

Wherever it is, there is that

Answers in the form of whispers,
the reasons for heart palpitations
and sweat creasing the paper
underneath our palms

It is why we write and why we don’t

Not because it is hard to ponder
the questions, but because we
fear we might discover the



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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