Day 219 – Okaasan

Thursday, April 7, 2011
Day 219
10:30 pm

Okaasan

a girl stands facing the feet
of her latest enemy

okaasan

okaasan

she and the sea
had shared wondrous conversations

spoke to each other about the weight
of kites

and the best time of day for playing
hide ‘n seek with the sun

those everyday games, now a distant
memory,

the child stands now, a shell of
herself

in disbelief of how quickly the tides
turned against her

slamming its arms against village
after village

turning open fields into parking lots,
neighborhoods to toothpicks

the girl wants nothing to do with water,
but stands there, defiant

okaasan

okaasan

she must wait there, must understand
how long her mother may hide in the sea

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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