Day 190 – Zeitgeist – 3. By a toe

Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Day 190
11:38 am, 12:45 am

Zeitgeist – 3.

3. By a toe

“What time is it on the clock of the universe?”
– Grace Lee Boggs

across states, too many to share a single telecast,
we had been blown into stammering, hammered
by the whirlwind of well-heeled politicians in secret
meetings between gavel and ink

all we could hold onto was our penchant for straws,
one by one, waiting for them to stack, bearing the
weight of each strand on our backs until we knew
we could hold them no longer

in a moment just before breaking, silence fell deep
into the sidewalk, transmitting a length of energy from
the darkness, to the hallways underneath the feet of
quivering bureaucrats

they peek out in a whisper through vertical blinds, a
secretary gasps, a shaky finger points to pinpoint
an unfamiliar start of something, no one is sure, but
they know when to fear change

on the clock of the universe, it is that time we have
called our time but never knew it past having it as a
goal, but it is now, here, where we peer out towards
our rusted mirror

where before we were locked in by our heels, their
is an extension in our lungs, a bare ankle, a bent
knee, the tip of one foot steps into our here and
now, our time, out of the shadows



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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