Day 311 – If nothing else

Friday, July 8, 2011
Day 311
5:49 pm

If nothing else

If nothing else,
let them know
my hand
hopes to be
their hands,
my skin hopes to
weather their winds

Elder sisters, mentors,
brothers, teachers,
stretch each limb toward us,
who, despite our best intentions,
have felt the earth
loosen underneath our
carefully packed identities

Their ways have
woven myriad patterns
throughout time, across
dissonant poetry and divergent
visions proclaimed in many a
town hall debate among
the generations

But they laced dirty old soles,
packed leftovers back into the
freezer, patted our backs to
exit the car when we complained
of being too sick to face the

All this in between union
meetings and carpools between
basketball and pilgrimage, to
have us read the history books
they tucked into pamphlets, penned
by street scholars and
unassuming obachans

They reach further for us,
always pushing, always holding
on, our direction does not change,
we have only widened the

Our faces change in colour,
our hats hang at all
borders, our tongues taste
language as the palate

Let them age, knowing
the paths they walked
are safe with us

If nothing else,
we will tell them
at their final request,
our feet hope to be
their feet,
our skin will
weather the tests
of their winds



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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