Day 245 – Excavation – 2

Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Day 245
12:25 am

Excavation – 2

2. Toward the end

A doorknob ate a heart
A cricket stole the wind
A scream got left behind
in last night’s dream

Until
Real
declares she wishes to be renamed
Imaginary

Until a daughter lifts her palms
toward her mother
in defeat of all
arguments in
defense

Until
memory lapses and so loses
its place in line

The daughter wishes
to tend toward (forgetfulness)

(Imagination wins)

Until
A splash of cooking oil
Or
The scent of ground beef
Or
The ring of a doorbell
arrives

And
a mother and daughter
remain frozen in their
last debate

One
becomes the other

The child begs for more
attention
The mother adheres to
principles of tough love
but
They both age nevertheless

They barely recognize
each other, staring at
old photographs for hours,
wondering what will happen
next
and how the one or the other
might define the virtues of

Will
or

Future
or

Suicide

Or lesser things of that kind

And the two begin to despise
the capabilities of
a decent memory more
than having a past

Imaginary and
Real
agree there is no way to
fight for a will to live
if life has been released
to the past, to memory,
to plans that involve
rope or plastic bags or
tight-lipped garage doors

(the Reality in Imagination
is about to win again)

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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