Day 337 – There / glory of a man

Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Day 337
11:06 pm

There / glory of a man

along a path

a man, and only a man,
a mere simple soul,
walked a sturdy walk

and forgave the
wheels that had
trespassed before him

forgave them all

even those who
wanted the better kill
of him, the hang of his head
above their dining table

he was never to be hungry
for all who he passed fed him,
invited him in

made tales and legends
of this man

made the mistake
to notify him of such fodder,
foolery, and fame

quickly,
he became a modern
man, crippled, suckled,
and cradled

became drunk
in his glory and sick
without the trail of wisdom
that would otherwise
lead a better man

but he was a simple
man, and only a man,
who forgot himself,
his infant steps, his
own soul and everyone
around him

forgot them all

now

there

he lies

bitter and unshaven
and at the hands of
disbelief for passers by
who want nothing save
the wind of his tales

for he sounds too
common much
too much
like the common
tales they carry
of themselves

avoiding their
own reflection, they
quickly walk right
over him
and wish
to forget
the past

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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