Day 143 – Mr. Shimabukuro

Thursday, January 21, 2010
Day 143
7:44 pm – 8:11 pm

Mr. Shimabukuro

Usually at the
corner of Beaudry and Third
he sat with a couple of
white plastic buckets
smudged by side jobs
cleaning buses
and a few random cars
here and there
when he could catch
drivers long enough
to convince them of his
service for a few bits of change
and maybe their leftovers

i wondered
what kind of
luck
not much
could he
possibly have
sitting at a
corner
where everyone
is ripping across
five lanes to
make that right
but
we made
eye contact
nonetheless
and i knew
he was Japanese
even before
being informed
by a much cooler friend
who actually tripped
over to him
with the purpose
of some interaction

Don’t quite understand
how i could
necessarily tell
with that
dark brown
leathery mask
of his
so thick
and furrowed
you could barely
see his eyes

All i know is
i believe he knew
we knew
he was
a brother
or someone’s
cousin’s
uncle
and that
we’d think
about him much more
much later
once he was
gone from that
corner forever
and
goddamn it
i swear
i always
meant to pull over

tkk

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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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