Day 354 – the wheels and the vines walk down the aisle

Saturday, August 20, 2011
Day 354
4:26 pm; 9:53 pm

the wheels and the vines walk down the aisle

Palms up, fills with fresh lips
the notes of doves and sacrament
for this couple today who walks
toward us, the fearing and the perilous

Truth-Reality, cloudy awakenings

My pagan eyes see ritual spinning
toward me with soft daggers
meant only to capture my attention,
benevolent and casual as the
parishioner’s modern gait, sermon in
between jokes and good eye contact

instinctive self-centeredness, warped world

Young Buddhist spirit feels the wheel
cycling toward the saints pictured on
the cotton and viscose tapestries that
line the walls of this massive tribute
to the god penciled into her childhood
rituals come time for the daily flag salute

memory, the central object of veneration

I can not help but to wonder if we will
pull up our chairs around the circle,
here, to break bread and eat the body
and drink the blood of each other sins,
if it is Heathen to enter into this house
without a chant positioned for prayer or
the slightest clue on how I would place
myself in a vow for lifelong commitment

in the Other Power, I take refuge

My emerging heart is familiar with the
desire for a congregation such as this to
be tied to my history, to arrive a claimant
to a past of religious spokes, tied to an
eight by eight fold path, where no one
and everyone, all at once, is devil and

tempted by Heaven, tied to Pure Land



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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