Day 318 – fake (gold)

Friday, July 15, 2011
Day 318
6:37 pm; 12:00 am

fake (gold)

you there, with the yellow skin,
you must be
the enemy

we
wish
to

protect
………………..yes
………………..go on in

we will let you
out
some. day.

(she
had no idea
when)

jump ahead
to the end
every day, fast forward

imagine
past
blank paper walls,

past
hollow husband face,
past wild children eyes,

past
rotting, uprooted leaf, branch, trunk and,
root,

past
the metal gate that once repelled,
then beckoned back,

past
the ghost home on the ghost street
in the ghost’s town,

past
the first weeds
and the broken shovel

past
a hand-me-down
life

for decades,
pass beyond
the decades

she went
about by looking on
ahead

then
some. day.
the government rang

sent for her and
the last of those
her age, again

this time,
now,
you are a

friend
………………..yes.
………………..come on in.

an apology
represented
by one knee, a check,

and a heavy
gold (look)
bracelet

it must be worth
so much
money
, she said

the best city
in the world, in the world,
thank you thank you thank you

they put her back
on the plane,
both sides of the wing smiling

this memory is the one she
would keep,
money to the children,

bracelet to one
lucky
granddaughter,

the only
one
left with a frown linked to

a cheap
metal chain lump
in her hand, Avon brand

hey, she liked
their lotion
well enough

not the fancy-acting,
heavy weight dangle,
passing lies

linked to
an old lady’s
undeniable grin,

so for Bachan
and no one else,
by and by,

it remains
their
treasure, nevertheless

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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