Day 312 – 80

Saturday, July 9, 2011
Day 312
6:07 pm; 12:17 am

80

One daughter
Singing
Happy Birthday
To her
Dad

Notes drill
Through
The ceiling,
No one
Watches

She dreams
Of
Crooked ghosts
Inhaling the
Smoke

They send
A
Message back
On up
Ahead

They pretend
Like
They do
Not really
Care

Until they
Reach
His Nirvana
To play
Poker

They paint
The
Atmosphere with
Their assigned
Song

They catch
Him
Off guard
With these
Greetings

It is
Time
To play,
Place the
Ante

The ghosts
Watch
Him fold,
Catch a
Breath

They have
Heart
But they
Are still
Crooked

A father
Loses
His money
And still
Smiles

80, Part 2

3 sticks of incense
in Gardena

77 birthday candles
in your Nirvana

waiting
to see what I will
put in the bowl
at your altar

hoping to hear me
sing a song to you

we agree
this is the least
I can do yet
is not enough

as it will never
be

but
what if I took
more time?

to light 77
more sticks
of incense
and reach the
total number

you aren’t here
to say whether
that makes
sense, or that it
is nonsense, or that
nothing on this day
will ever be more
than an incomplete
set of candles and
wafts of incense

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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