Day 229 – Alley Ways

Sunday, April 17, 2011
Day 229
5:00 pm

Alley Ways

Endangered species in town
In the realm of bigger-better-city
The bowling alley once existed as
Community center and
Health log to my
Dad and his pals,
The only way you’d know
Who was sick or well by
Who was still around
On Fridays for the
Senior league

As kids, we ran around,
Unafraid of allergies at a time
When we were still
Trusted to know the difference
Bowling balls and beer,
The lanes and the bar,

Swapping oreos for bologna,
Our version of
Working-middle class
Childcare on weekends seemed
To be self-sustainable for
Umpteen hours on end

But these relics can’t
Compete with the contemporary
Savories of hot yoga rooms and
Children safely tucked far, far
Away from stressed
Out mommies and midday
Drinks and smokes and kids
Just don’t mix the way they
Used to

The edgy, open-space, new age
Steamrollers push and pave,
Save the modern day,
Pour and press clean streets
Over old alley ways



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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