Day 341 – mayhem and machismo / (suddenly) American

Saturday, August 7, 2010
Day 341
11:30 pm

mayhem and machismo / (suddenly) American

A bunch of high heels trotting
up the stairs of a typical
jarhead-filled Roppongi club
in Tokyo

All the bright white teeth chattered
away with big foreigners who held
girls close so they could watch them
whip back their tangled ponytails,

chins tossed back with shots,
laughs disguising any confusion
over accents lost in drunken
broken english or japanese

Nobody cared who could speak,
they just wanted to cackle about
the nonsense, enjoy the lights and
beer and smoke, one night after
another of comforting similarity

Hands, brusque against my
shoulder, were substantial,

eager, feigning grace,
and aggressive all at once,

an adolescent’s
largely disguised as a man’s

His hands, held my body
with a caress of disdain,

completely unfamiliar
with his own strength,

whipped around my body and
straight to my breast

like I was his, like it was natural,
like this was his everyday-club deal

WHAT THE FUCK
Was all I could

YELL
In his face

His eyes couldn’t help the shock
He didn’t know

I was (suddenly)
American

My voice couldn’t help but hurl out
fully fleshed simply plain language

My body didn’t want anything
to get lost in translation

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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