Day 252 – Excavation – 9

Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Day 252
3:13 pm

Excavation – 9

9. At the beginning

Even just a handful of
years into a relationship, I can
often identify with the detached quality
of an aged marriage, one that remembers
the fondest parts of the initial courtship,

the blazing romance that beckoned
burnt schedules, the magical disappearance
of time, the simple gifts that commemorated
nothing but hours spent talking through
each others mysteries and dreams,
just because it was that important
to remember and save for later as
a way to say,

here, take this present,
it was sent from a moment
in last week’s conversation,
we now have history

I imagine my parent’s struggles
all those years at the end, when they’d
said everything they needed to say

I would see them sit there in silence,
in the car, at the breakfast table,
on the couch watching television

My mother said, once, or many times
as she was raising me, how there was
the before and the after

And the two were like squares on a
checkered tablecloth, ones that were
of blinding contrast, hard to navigate
from one box without sliding into the
other, the memory of it, bare and

Whether the quiet comes from comfort
and knowing, or suffering in silence,
perhaps make the most difference from
what takes us from the beginning to
the end




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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