Day 16 (Counter Intelligence) Pt. 1

Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Day 16
4:44 pm – 5:44 pm

(Counter Intelligence) Pt. 1

—–one hand reaches out
—–to the minute man

a 25 year-old graduate smiles broadly
at his acceptance in to the U.S. Army

—–the minute man grasps the end
—–of the barbed wire fence

smiles surface at the thought
of what it means to be a citizen

—–the wire is stretched and molded to circles
—–above and beyond miles of concrete brick

his hand moves across his chest
and high up to meet the air

—–with each brick laid and wire laced
—–the men promise to serve this wall

today is the day for pledges
of defense against all enemies

—–the wall brings certitude, encountering,
—–and bears the promise of permanence

he brings his skill, his diploma,
his knowledge of Urdu

—–the work of days and ages is
—–an easy trade off for these men

he receives citizenship and
the chains of command

—–to protect all those within
—–gives them purpose, duty, hope

for the sake of a dream wish he is living
he will die for a new foreign home country

—–they must say, the country feels
—–well served on days like today



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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