Day 151 – A.A.F. S.O.L. – 1) Immediate Action

Friday, January 29, 2010
Day 151
10:20 pm – 11:23 pm

A.A.F. S.O.L. – 1) Immediate Action

There is always a moment.

Before it hits your brain.

There is a prick or a thud.

From the inside of your chi.

Danger is present or due.

And you know it.

So you go.
Only in the best
Of your finest
Split seconds
Do you do it.

Smell the
Temperature
In the room,
Survey the pairs
Of eyes on you.

Inhale silent,
Exhale extended
Beyond three
Calm heartbeats,
Muscles relaxed.

When it is
Evident they are
Coming after you,
It is too late
For them.

You already put
Your gems in a
Small wooden box
Covered in cloth
Wrapped, taped,

Locked and hidden
At your chest in
A secret pocket
That is zipped
In a vest

Underneath a coat
With a waterproof
Cape and you
Are off
Running anyway.

You know your
Resources,
Have your maps,
And sense of
Direction.

You have enough
Water and you
Remember that
It is better in you
Than on you.

You stretch past
The mountains, the
Cactus, the highway,
The freeways, the
Rest stops.

Past the exit, over
The cars, the street light
Cameras, the banks,
The pedestrian signs and
On to the strand.

Now you are able to
Stand for a second
While you are at
Portuguese Bend,
And then off again.

You jump over the
Sidewalks, the lamp
Posts, the sand, the
Grunions, the waves,
The buoys, the tide.

You leap on to the
Horizon, then fly straight
Away, past a few
Layers right in to the
Exosphere.

You meet your mirrors,
Your unshakable truth,
Your truest people,
Your story,
There.

You open your cape,
Your coat, your locks.
You release a spectrum from
Your box to meet the
Light of all the others.

You share your
Space to breathe,
Along with your water.
You survey each other
For readiness.

You embark

At our best, we can look
Back to smile for a minute
When all of that just
Happened within less than
Thirty three seconds.

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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