Day 209 – Writer

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


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
to that day





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 🙂

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