Day 26 – blue air

Saturday, September 26, 2009
Day 26
1:19 am – 2:19 am

blue air

If ever there was a time violence was completely necessary
I am not righteous enough to say
Never

When she made the call

prior

When I had no idea

prior

When she begged a mutual friend to keep a secret

prior

When she decided to keep the hospital wristband on

prior

When she said to herself she’d give him a second chance

prior

When she wondered who called the cops

prior

When the police asked her to say how she thought her body looked

prior

When the police asked her to lift her shirt for the photos

prior

When she wondered how long it might take for the cops to arrive

prior

When she thought of her spine, the door jam, and the concrete

prior

When she wondered how long it might take for the cops to arrive

prior

When she saw the first coffee cup sail across the living room

prior

When he first pushed her to the floor

prior

When he first pulled her by her arm

prior

When he checked through her emails

prior

When he told her to use her phone in front of him

prior

When she knew something was wrong

there

right
about then is when the best and worst
was meant to happen
if my hands had the power
to lay against
his

any
all
and who cares whatever
means
necessary
if my hands could

take
hold of the breath her body grasped so deeply
she was afraid
to lose
any air
to an exhale

press
my hand against her chest to give it back
the entire range
in the sky
that she lost
track of

all those times she told me this last time was just the
second time
when
we both knew
he had
a record

traci kato-kiriyama

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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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