Day 233 – when death says hello/Death Present(s) – 1

Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Day 233
5:00 pm

when death says hello/
Death Present(s) – 1

1

In an old Honda Accord
We were hitching a ride
With the speed demons
Egging us on from the
Center lane

We couldn’t help
Ourselves
So we dipped into an
Uncontrollable race
With a finish line
On the other side
Of Sepulveda but not
Before the oncoming
Cars and brick walls
And defeated trees
We assaulted on the
Way in

Young and dumb
And invincible since
We were about to be
Seniors
The very next day
We were on top of
The world
So something
Had to stop us
In our tracks

You think it’d be a mess

Glass, concrete, brick,
Everywhere
Busted metal on the porche
We used as a ramp
To fly further toward
The divider between
Kings Hawaiian and
Sizzler and
We weren’t even hungry

You think it’d be loud

It
Wasn’t

Not with
Death
Present

No screams
No pleas, no crying

Yes
Light
Like they all say

Only here
There was no
Flash of Life
Slideshow

Just a peaceful
Unaffected spaceless place
That spoke

Telling me
Everything was all
Right
Over
Done
and it just was
What it was

For a moment
It lasted

And I tasted

Nothing
and
Forever

Nothing
Forever

Nothing

Nothing
Quite
As
Striking
Like the
Quiet
Of a
Silent blow

/

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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