Day 263 – e t b – rewrite

Saturday, May 21, 2011
Day 263
3:08 pm

e t b – rewrite

excavating the bones

there is a place towards the middle of Lone Pine and Independence
where each haggle of my roots lived for some three to four years

this was wartime in the fashion of war at the time of my parents’
childhood, when war was the kind that everyone talked about

since I was a child, they took me to that place, to visit graves, a
monument, a lesser known pool of broken dishes from the mess hall

the government dumped hearty ceramic into the ground at the close
of the camp and now we seek to unearth broken bits of what fed them

it had always been a glorious part of our pilgrimage, to relish in parts
of cups, bowls and plates that assured us they were there to talk,

there were people there, they ate and made sanity happen with their
bare hands, they made do in a desert and I hold here a part of that

when I was much older than a child, the government came back and
swept up that pool, with no notice, no knowing what it was to us

I go now to uncover the last bits of bones flashing through dirt, my
eyes furious through tears, hands shoving truth into my pockets



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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