Day 315 – grace; the bed post

Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Day 315
11:16 pm


it is her voice
where I stand in the rain,
bold and free
as a place that never
gets enough rain

it is her departure
where I am back in the desert,
too parched by the plain,
ever familiar


the bed post

There are days when it feels
completely natural to wake up
and step from the bed, into a
puffy, golden cloud of the unknown,
perfectly happy with the unnamed
adventures about to unfold

Other days, the floor rises up to
host a murky swamp that laughs
at my feet, pointing out my crooked
toes and unkempt toenails and
already, we are off to a bad start

The difference usually lays in
last night’s bed, what head hit the
pillow, with what heart, open as
the first breath or damaged as the
one given away to the shocking
nightmare we knew was coming

It is easier to say we are prepared for
the worst, to hedge our bets against
ourselves, that the tightness in our
shoulders will go away with a good
night’s rest, when we really want to
remain chained to the bedpost

It is better this way, I can not fall
any further and will be much safer
from the truths down the corridor,
let me stay here, safe in stiff, old
sheets, in predictable longing for an
old promise, in yesterday’s bed



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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