Day 228 – fathers and sons

Saturday, April 16, 2011
Day 228
11:50 pm

fathers and sons

Uncle George watched the last of
his kids get married
and I turn to look at my brother,
who hasn’t a father before him
nor a wedding anytime soon

I catch him in constant sideways
glances at the speakers onstage,
as if he’s listening to some
message blaring at him directly
from dad’s grave, so I try to tune in
to hear what he’s hearing

“What is your — problem?”

Buzzing noise,

“You are — not — getting
— any younger”

I lean in closer

“Neither is your sister”

I shudder,
grab my brother
in a mad dash for the food line
and we shake it off later,
me on the dance floor,
he at the open bar



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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