Day 260 – Excavation – 17

Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Day 260
6:50 pm

Excavation – 17

17. sunflowers

i woke up today
wanting to close all
investigations into
one parent’s past and
another’s future

but who knows,
it might not be so bad

why make a big deal
out of searching for
something that may
be lost forever, anyway

or worse, finding the
answers you will most
certainly need to
stumble into

take a shovel, plant
some seeds, uncoil
the hose, and try to
grow something

how bad can it be?
the truth can’t be as
terrible as the initial
unearthing of weeds

either sunflowers will
burst unexpectedly or
orchids won’t be the only
things you can’t keep alive

or your father’s weathered
ghost will come back and
ask you just what
did you expect?

or your mother will say
you should have planted
more roses because
she hates sunflowers

in any case, we’ll all
be in the backyard
together, once again,
hashing at the weeds

(title from Yumi)


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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