Day 311 – with regard;…

Thursday, July 8, 2010
Day 311
9:52 pm

with regard

with
regard
to life

would be
to approach
a human
and not
a body

to assess
the motion
of a
person
when he is
handcuffed
and lying
face down
on the ground

to reach for
the point
of safety
for
all
people
with disregard
to hastiness

to never think
to need
to reach
for more
than that

to own up
to every step
along the way
to the decisions
made

with
regard
to life

would be
to take the time

to regard life

the
life
before the
handcuffs
and the hands
at the back
and the knees
on the ground
and the hands
in the air

before
the anticipation
of the use of force

and the approach
to the station

and the academy
and
the training

and the
fear

to regard the life

of any man

as
a
man

with family
and dreams
and nightmares
and favorite flavors
and old shoes
and plans
and pictures
and smiles
and questions
and laughter
and stories

and fears

(in)voluntary

voluntary,

choosing to trigger fear over
the eyes of patience

families pulling together
in strength through grief

anarchists busting up
peaceful marches

.

.

voluntary,

putting his hands out

submitting with his face down

lying down on his stomach

.

.

involuntary,

rolling in his grave

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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