Day 158 – survival – generation…; (WCC – Day 5)

Saturday, February 5, 2011
Day 158
12:45 pm

survival – generation prose

If the next generation of my
family are to carry on, we will
have to speed up
technology on the child-bearing
capabilities of the “modern woman”

I’ve written a letter to the
Provost of Technology on Biological
Human Affairs on behalf of the Society
of Womyn for Advanced Pregnancy (SWAP)
and the Association of the

We are quite certain it is a good idea for
some womyn
to go about their twenties as most of
society’s twentysomethings, fast and furious,
plodding and partying away, picking up
knowledge through life experience, entering
into post-collegiate adulthood with a clear
departure from a lifetime of daily institutional
learning venues such as school or the intensive
care of immediate-family shelter, fully aware of
the privileges of educational structures behind
them and the path of freedom ahead

These “some womyn” then went on to live the
joys of fruition into and through their thirties, with
appreciation for their sisters who have forged a
difficult route of raising little ones alongside their
busy dedication to life…
These “some womyn” simply did not follow the same path

Some may argue we were selfish, immature,
noncommittal, confused or fickle

And while we may fully agree with all of the above,
we also acknowledge we were happy
to move forth with a full focus of
energy on giving birth to other
types of

We have, in fact, been consciously busy, all this
time, raising ourselves to be strong bearers of
concrete weight, practicing our motherhood of
multiple sets of sectors, disciplines or cosmic
familial dimensions in simultaneous,
multi-tasking fashion

Let us remember, when we were children, the
word on the pregnancy doctrine came with
warning to finish up having children well
before the age of 35

Now we are in a time of babies
commonly, regularly being born to
womyn at the age of 40

My letter urges the advancement

to proceed further!

We are the womyn who reject the
physical limitation of 40 as the end
We proclaim the need for a decade
in between new adulthood and our prime!

Take us into the future of pregnancy being
commonplace for those of us who will have
so much to offer in our decade as new mothers
between 40 and 50 years of energetic age!

I’ve considered that we are ahead of our time
I urge an ushering of new possibility toward
biological self-determination

I myself will be welcoming to new human life
entering the world via my body somewhere
around age 45 or 49

I shall look forward to our next generation,
to pushing the boundaries of my body,
to being able and, hopefully,



WCC Day 5 – Week 1: Freedom & Nurturing
for the Women’s Creative Collective Writers’ Workshop

5. Feet

the pitter patter of all my sisters
traversing daily checklists
and their minds’ traffic
to converge
in the center of an auditorium
to laugh
to breathe
to shout
to partner up
to lead
to follow
to mirror
to listen
to break bread
to melt icicles
to draw out fire
to open boxes
to unlock chains
to challenge rocks
to crochet stories

these are the sounds
of my favorite dreams

when our walk together
is us dancing,
with freedom feet



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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