Day 200 – Supermoon – one

Saturday, March 19, 2011
Day 200
7:12 pm

Supermoon – one

one –

Phoenix was just a year old at the announcement of her
first Supermoon

But it was not her tired, swollen mother, her cheery, happy
dad, nor her temperamental brother who brought news of
its coming

It was Phoenix herself, dancing on her belly, trying to fly,
limbs out, pointing towards her grandpa who was smiling
down at her from his usual spot near the Boomerang
nebulae above

Phoenix was already a force to be contended with, as all
children are, but her voice was one of fury, somewhere just
short of spite, channeling the forces of Peacocks and Dugong
who fought with the Angels who beckoned humans to war
and death

For decades before the birth of Phoenix, each Supermoon
garnished its breath over and above the earth, forming layer
upon previous layer, like protective skin that stretched,
shed and stretched again, a process of 18 years at a time,
each time checking on the generation before to learn of any
lessons learned

Phoenix grew out of the womb, whirling, spinning, fiery as the
bright spots of her backyard, tumbling in between constellations,
before taking interstellar naps and after rising to jump rope with
spectral lines, she ate rainbows for breakfast well before her
family could warn her not to fill up before dinner, Phoenix knew
she was special even if the rest of her humanly classmates didn’t
notice her

The Supermoon acknowledged Phoenix as it arrived close to her
first birthday – jumping in the ocean pool to celebrate, washing
over the east with stormy symphony, diving to the west with
frenetic debate – they were fast friends who spent this moment
at play while plotting her coming years of rapid stellar evolution,
the Supermoon asked Phoenix, beyond star group or globular
cluster, to pay homage to her dreams, her fire, her spectrum,
her self

Phoenix nodded once, then fell back and laughed a hearty laugh

The humans around her shook their heads and turned around

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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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