Day 230 – The Queen’s cries

Monday, April 18, 2011
Day 230
8:30 pm

The Queen’s cries

The steepest windward mountains
in Oahu speak to the tourists, even
now, after so many decades of
their brethren hills swallowing
pride, feet punctured by manicured
lawns, faces pock-marked and
buried by the upward mobility of
concrete and wood

-mansions, tears

Newcomers have taken the coast
but now want to
“keep the country, country”
Old-timers remain loyal to their
local hearts but yearn for Walmart
and mainland discounts

-yacht club, flow

The earth felt Lili’uokalani
tumbling underneath, spouting
molten cries of warning that were
unheard, but fully captured by
savvy moment-hoarders in
successful index finger-to-postcard

-private driveway, deepen

For every tear, crevices grow
deeper at the side of these ranges
who remain standing upright, in
protest of urban sprawl unable to
climb up their chest

-golf course, screams

Each time the Queen turns,
shadows become colder,
lest our longing to turn
our backs on the mountains
and focus our lustful eyes on
capturing the sun before it
gets dumped forever into the sea



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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