Day 349 – parade – 2; 3

Monday, August 15, 2011
Day 349
11:11 pm

parade – 2; 3

an organization asked our organization to ride in
a car for the annual parade, Nisei Week, 2011

gang of Taiko players on a flatbed, Baby Show
contestants in a mini train, J-pop odori dancers,

procession of true kitsch, as small as small can
be, we traveled two blocks and back,

stayed right in the confines of what has whittled
down over the years to a truly Little Tokyo

every 20 yards or so, a familiar group in between
unfamiliar folks waving back at unfamiliar folks

there he was anyway, spirit of a spirit, posted at
2nd and San Pedro the way he and ma used to,

almost as vivid as my memory, I swore for one
moment I saw two old parents waiting there,

sitting on their fold-up chairs, so light they took
their boasting everywhere they went,

two heads protected underneath two baseball
caps with two rainbow umbrella hat attachments

the warm day turned cool and windy, and there we
giddy were, fools dancing among ghosts and clouds

he places himself as I place him there, as with each
moment, or I won’t try and he’ll appear, anyway

and someday I will become a cloud and hover early
enough to save two spots along 2nd and San Pedro


I saw all the little ones waving
and remembered my
hands were once those hands

I saw the old faces smiling
and smiled back,
our faces will someday be those faces



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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