Day 303 – hands in pockets

Thursday, June 30, 2011
Day 303
11:21 pm

hands in pockets

If it is dust,
my palms will clear the dust

If it is sand,
my skin will rake the sand

There are pockets
in this earth
hiding bits of
history that sit
in waiting for
the children to
grow their curiosity

If it is water,
my feet will part the water

If it is mud,
my knees will wade through mud

Pieces and parcels
of stories that
sit at the
edge of chairs
with weak hands
resting on their
knees, wrinkled smiles,
eyes that can
barely be seen

If it is slate,
my back will break the slate

If it is a boulder,
my chest will tip the boulder

We hear their
stories peep their
foreheads above the
top, over the
back of our
heads, tilting our
chins up because
we swear we
just heard them

If it is the sun,
my throat will house the sun

If it is a star,
my belly will capture the star

Through our cough,
our wrists laced
at the back
of our backs,
our laugh, our
gait, we catch
flashes of them
in the reflection
we catch in
windows we pass

If it is thunder,
my memory will carry the thunder

If it is wind,
my dreams will sail with the wind

Their voices wait
for us to
find them, ready
with our gadgets
and rusty tools,
until they can
wait no longer
and they vanish
as stories do
sometimes vanish if
we never go
to seek them

stories do disappear

tkk

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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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