Day 262 – Excavation – 19

Friday, May 20, 2011
Day 262
3:38 pm

Excavation – 19

19. leaving



terse order of things, a girl fell asleep in
the back of a cave and woke to recall she
never closed the front door

history turned misery turned mystery, no
one is keeping her from asking questions
of what really happened,

way back when, not too long ago, between
a husband and a wife, before the wife had
no one left to blame

decisions hinging on turning prickly knobs,
we can go in any direction and follow the
signs of incessant curiosity

or we can put unfinished chapters down for a
nap, save the mystery of the miserable, leave
it history, for another day


wood coming undone
tearing at the splitting ends
time to leave, again


there’s a man.

there’s a girl.
she’d like to understand.
she thought the story was about her mom.

but it’s not.
it’s behind a big door.
and she’s not ready.
she will come back.
at some point.



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

One response to “Day 262 – Excavation – 19

  • ann

    the use of (…) is good to show that perhaps the words haven’t surfaced yet, but still there is writer’s honesty that they may show up, soon.

    top 2 faves: “history turned misery into mystery” and “prickly doorknobs”

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