Day 249 – Excavation – 6

Saturday, May 7, 2011
Day 249
6:18 pm

Excavation – 6

6. Preparation / Research

She is better now, walks
without the tyranical hold of
bricks attached to her last
name, almost scorned for
having lost her identity to
a marriage married to the
public at large

Will she be okay, now,
with me walking along
the front yard, snooping
around the back with a
shovel that looks vaguely
familiar to the one who
begged her to move on
from grief?

At some point, I stopped
wanting answers and opted
for a conversation that had
nothing to do with the
blue notes of a bad marriage,
one that only gets worse
when one spouse dies

If it meant she could maintain
some sanity, long enough to
hold a decent hand to a
less wobbly knee, over a set
of stairs, grasping rails,
without falling

She is better now, giving
allowance for dormant
questions to be watered

The files get combed
A suspect tends to emerge
The focus must shift

a flat patch of earth
may be relished,
feeling distance from
tornado and typhoon,
looking now to be
situated on
the landing where her
water once flowed, seek
now, the alluvium of
apparent past



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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