Day 294 – perspective

Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Day 294
9:24 pm

perspective / import(ed)ant

the television sees us
watching out for fame,
reaching for scratchers
and staring in mirrors

my fingers trace the lines
around my right eye that
views a tiny creature in
its periphery

I wish to think her ambling
about makes less sense
than me and my skin
care

but there she goes

the ant sees the world as
a map of her family farm

sidewalk parcel to grass
to window frame to counter,
scouting new plots to pay
homage to her sense of loyalty

every day building toward
survival

and we ask whether they sing
songs and have purpose

our foolish human feet
travel to the alleyways,
labeling our greatest tests as
failure

and another’s gain as the way
to measure our lack of
success

lapping up against the inside
of the glass bowl
but
believing ourselves to be
justified in our superior boots
as they brush the anthill
aside

so we can stay focused on
the important things

so I can get back to my wrinkle
cream

tkk
(title fr K)

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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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