Day 62 – over

Sunday, November 1, 2009
Day 62
1:55 am – 2:32 am

over

a soldier’s sister has one word stuck in her mind
from a moment years before he died

it was in that phone conversation which was terribly
one-sided, one-worded, for that matter

over and over, he said
a single word

he had nothing else to say and no reason to say
anything else

because war for him meant the pain of everyday shot
reminders through his lower back

and he tried and he tried

but he could not erase

body after body

celebrating

a new army-installed sewage system curtailed by

explosion

body after body after body

dismembered

children

candy bursting in their tiny hands

his feet felt bare walking through the aftermath

and when he tried and tried and tried, those closest
took his guns away

and when he pulled the knife across his wrist
they bandaged him up

and when he attempted hope, he found navigating the system
no easier than two tours in Iraq

the images kept

shooting

through him

at his spine

painkillers a plenty

but the memories kept steady with their return

so there’s that word

over and over and over

and over the phone, all he could say

and he did not say it, in fact, he yelled it because that
was the best he could do

over

and over and over and you may hear it as loud as
she does still

.

one word

in

her mind

.

all

he could

bring himself to scream through a phone line

.

.

– goodbye –

.

.

.

traci kato-kiriyama

(for the Sinclair family)

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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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