Day 212 – following Audee

Thursday, March 31, 2011
Day 212
4:18 pm

following Audee

Cassette tape stretched from
Berkeley to New York with
handwritten notes from Herb to his
future wife, a new set, every other
week, list upon list of dedication
crafted by a charming DJ invested
in the harmonies of his longing

I find myself waking in sleep,
stepping into her old memories,
their first years of a long
life together, weaving fingers,
hands full, unraveling reels of loose
tape, trying to hear his love
traveling with his poetry to her
ears through old headphones

It is no wonder why I enter the
Day World, looking my lover in the eye,
asking him to make me a mixed tape,
hands on hips in request of a love
letter or two, staring into blank
eyes on the canvas of a flushed face

An other’s past, another’s mail,
I want something that belongs to
someone else, to listen to sappy
hymns coming through a love-sick
stereo, to have something like a
history to save for later



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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