Day 296 – the stage

Thursday, June 23, 2011
Day 296
1:46 am

the stage

paving our way across
the pages of our daily
schedules to make our
accounts count for something
beyond last week’s water bill
or next month’s property taxes,

trudging through the mud
of sticky conversations on
yesterday’s project or so
and so’s national commercial,

we most often face off with
none other than
in judgment of
our mirrors
the distance between now
and our last paid gig

it is the
that beautiful palate
of play and strain, of
glory and misery, of
loss and laughter,

it is sometimes there,
where we position a park
to go to when the rest of
world’s gates are locked

we go there, to
seek more of our selves,
to consume ritual,
to bewilder,
to bleed,
to unravel our skin

to reveal our most unsafe
stories in the safest space,

to tear ourselves to pieces
in the community of an
audience who wants
nothing more than to
watch us succeed

and be a part of piecing
us back

it is
from there,
we leave
completely spent
the best

it is
the stage,
the life breath of
we know the worst and
best of us exists in
a world we call
nothing more or
nothing less



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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