Day 187 – to walls, to fire

Sunday, March 6, 2011
Day 187
7:17 pm

to walls, to fire

There was – always will be –
A
Sustained
Fire
Growing like walls
Between us
Cackling out hints

Run through – or wait there –

But do not – never –
Doubt
This
Fire

It waves to us – from all sides –
As
Reminder
As
Warning

I was never meant to enter
Your
Masjid
To declare
Love

You were never meant to
Plan a journey
To
Our parents’
Prisons
And wage
A
Community

Do not – never –
Doubt
This
Fire

Is here to remain
Between us
Waving
Its flags,
Spewing spikes and
Spitting coals at
Our every attempt
To strike
Solidarity
Upon our
Families

Imagine these
Arms
Firing further
To
Stretch across
The skin,
Protecting flesh and blood
From the shrapnel of
Exploding treaties

Do not – never –
Doubt
This
Fire

As
Challenge

For us – as we will –
Run

Towards
Each
Other

Through
This – and every –
Fire

For we question
The shadows
Who run in the opposite
Direction of those whom
They prey

We will
Run through this – and every –
Crack
And bring down
Their
Walls

Of fire

We are unafraid

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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