Day 19 – split seconds

Sunday, September 19, 2010
Day 19
5:45 pm

split seconds

I think because my face towel fell
in funny fashion from my shoulder
or because I watched my fist fall
toward the ground to catch it

we used to lounge in our chairs,
laughing at the world around us,
sunken in an irony fresh for fools

For some reason the split second
dragged my eyes downward to a
memory of your hands around my
wrists and the pressure of two
damaged people with usually better
intentions wrapped around each
other, two who fell far, far, far from
the shoulders they used to lean upon

we lacked proper suspicion of our own
demons, bogged down by bottle caps that
never made it in to the wastebasket

My mind instantly jumped to years
later when you cried an apology over
your behavior and so a memory saved
another from getting too messy on this
morning, one so completely, thankfully,
leniently long and away from another
time

we left our lack of grace, so once taken
for lovers, so to be taken for friends who
emptied barrels full of old ways to
make space for clemency

We rarely talk about old times when it
leads us too close to pause in our
remembrance, but we need not pause,
for from time to time it will come all
on its own

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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