Day 156 – He; (WCC – Day 3)

Thursday, February 3, 2011
Day 156
3:17 pm, 11:21 pm

survival – He

He was not born to this body, it failed
him before his birth as a baby girl, before
the puritanical stork came to paint his walls
pink, and while in the womb, he did not dream
of dresses and dainty socks, wanted nothing
of cullote cocoons and the gender canon

But he did want love and had the willingness
to cry, though those tears dried over time to
steely brushed armor over leathery skin,
eventually peeled back everything and took
nearly 3 decades to find himself with his
original set of bones once again

tkk

WCC Day 3 – Week 1: Freedom & Nurturing
for the Women’s Creative Collective Writers’ Workshop

3. Flags

I used to dangle unassumingly at
half-mast

Now,
I wrap myself in obi, fish tails and a
memory from the third grade, when I made
up my mind once and for all that I didn’t
believe in god and therefore shouldn’t
utter his name during our daily
pledge of allegiance,

just so I can roll around in the flags of my
flesh

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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