Day 209 – Writer

Monday, March 28, 2011
Day 209
12:01 am

Writer

riches, potbellies or scribes,
destinies have been lassoed,
prophecies chosen,
handcuffed to tradition or not,
superstitions like to breed
.

.

a bowl of rice

a dollar bill

a pen

laid in front of the baby
who would rather rub
birthday cake on her
precious dress and
bald head

.

.

she lunges forward,

eats a money-wrapped musubi,

and picks the pen through her teeth

.

.

The writer spends
the rest of her life
running away,
going to and fro
and
back
to that day

.

.

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

2 responses to “Day 209 – Writer

  • awesomepie

    I don’t know why the “money-covered musubi” image bothers me so much. I think it’s because I know disgusting dollar bills are. Getting past that, it’s also a really cool image, having this prophetic display. Isn’t that a Buddhist concept (I can’t remember)? Well, anyway, it’s a really strong image either way.

    It took me a second to realized that to get the musubi, she would have to be using the dollar as a sort of utensil to scoop together the rice. More said with less. Cool beans.

    ~ Clint P.

    • traciakemi

      Ahh, your reply reminded me i’ve been meaning to edit to “money-wrapped musubi” – this doesn’t solve that disgusting taste left in your mouth, but i was more concerned about the flow in the phrase 🙂
      tanx,
      traci

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