Day 242 – excavating the bones

Saturday, April 30, 2011
Day 242
1:11 am

excavating the bones

ceramic dishes

(broken, in pieces)

uncovered by time
and wind

(a place between lone pines and independence)

they glimmer in the distance

(a handle, an edge of a bowl,
no longer bound to the old
mess hall)

i go to seek something
more of myself in
plates and saucers,
perhaps see a bit of
my roots’ skin
in the glaze and ask
it if she ever smiled
while she was inside
this place

when i bend down close
enough to the dirt, i hear
my father’s laughter and
my mother’s whimpering,

we do not need reminders they were here
nor do we seek to display pieces of them
for the sake of convenience, price tags,
easy answers or glass cases

my palms push aside the
brush and pebbles,
to discover bones flashing
their last bit of teeth

the earth uncovered itself
for us long ago, but we
are still asked to
explain the dust

(the wind is cold,
teeth, chatter,
bone, rattles)

i take a piece, to preserve
truth before it disappears
all around me



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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