Day 182 – breach

Tuesday, March 1, 2011
Day 182
12:17 am


she used to wake up every morning to find a
scream leaping out of her yawn, a laden moan,
a deep, cutting to the surface, surfacing, a
menacing breach of her early childhood,

or not her childhood, she was stuck in a camp,
stuck inside the house behind fake lace curtains
laden with pipe smoke soot and too many fish
cooked without a proper fan

a terrible breach, then, of her adulthood, where
she studied collegiate freedoms off the farm, far
off the old grounds and claims to a lesser fate
by her old grandmother of a mother

she lived to live beyond that time, nonetheless,
to find her spirit already put to rest by her late
sixties and fearful of meeting with the meaning
of age, of aging and waking, alone

lonely, in her own bed, in her own house, a lone
house, with cold, shadowed windows and very
little sound, except the alarm of her screams,
waking to the rupture of her self



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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