Day 292 – Father’s Day…laugh

Sunday, June 19, 2011
Day 292
10:51 am

Father’s Day…laugh

1. laugh

It’s good
once in a while
to think of our fathers
and laugh

Even if we miss them

Even if regret colors much
of our memory

Even if they are no longer
around to see
our eyes roll
when their hearty chuckle
comes at the most

My father had a
great laugh

Made of equal parts

Short and mischievous
like a surprise that
comes from around
the corner,
but impulsive, too,
unannounced to him
and everyone around

Timbre of his mother,
instant channel
to the family’s past,
hand to his belly,
eyes wide open,
a progression in volume
the longer it went on,
letting more and more of
back out into the world
with each breath

It was the laugh that
made people
want to laugh

It was the laugh that
gave us permission
to be loud

It was the laugh of
a father whose daughter
wishes hers to sound
like his

It was a good laugh



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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