Day 203 – grandma’s pants

Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Day 203
11:44 pm

grandma’s pants

i wish i could sing a Withers song
about my Grandma Kato with all
of my heart about her hands, but
she loved polyester and mold
and the only thing we agreed on
was Little House on the Prairie
and our mutual hate for Nellie

i wish i could sing praises about
something grandmotherly like her
cooking, but she hated to cook
and when she did, we suffered
through week-old lint and recycled
paper she shaped into pallets and
labeled with stickers marked “dinner”

now, she did like to laugh, and
near cracked us in half when she
split her pants right down the middle
with a river after seeing Nellie do
something glorious like fall in a pool
of mud, and Grandma’d go running
down the hall, snickers hailing down
her pants, pelting off the polyester,
reducing us to the coils of her
corduroy couch, yes, i did love her
pants, wouldn’t mind seeing those



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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