Day 140 – hallowed manacle

Monday, January 18, 2010
Day 140
2:59 am – 4:23 am

hallowed manacle

“…This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off
or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism…”
– Martin Luther King, Jr. on August 28, 1963

wrists became thinner
to wrangle themselves
from the shackles

some loosened as
most became shrewd
for the wiser

hands still grasp
to the sharp
edges of metal

who can let
go when hanging
above the fire

.
.

none
will
be
saved
by
one

one
must
be
led
by
all

all
must
consider
every
one

every
one
must
consider
the
other

.
.

There, in Georgia
was he welcomed
to peace
when time
sent him
ahead to look for
his grandchildren?

Did Birmingham lay
him to
rest
with a window
cracked wide open
to broaden his
hankering smile?

Did he,
angel of Montgomery,
cash a check
signed
by
the republic’s
architects?

Here, we shall do
justice to a king
if only we know
to summon
to life
the entirety
of his
dream

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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