Day 49 – the tears will come

Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Day 49
12:19 am

the tears will come

Leslie will drop her shears,
right there

she will be mid-cut on a new
client’s coif and drop it right there

the poor head before her will say something
obtuse, far and away from anything poignant or

touching or about death or fathers or anything of the
kind, but she will speak instead of fruit, a bowl of berries

that she ate for breakfast, and there in the seeds at the bottom
of the bowl in a small pool of raspberry juice, Leslie will see herself

on that day, a few hours after her family got the call that he was gone, in
a flash gone from his heart that had beckoned to him for one last time

she will see her hands washing fruit for the slew of guests coming to
give sense to their grief, filling their bowls for filling their time with

nonsense, milling about because that is what people do when
others die, and although she wishes to have none of it, she

tolerates the company while she can at best be lost in
thought, that thought she had at the kitchen sink of

how at least with heart attacks you don’t see
blood, you don’t deal with bodily fluids, that

aren’t so terrible, they just look like the
juice that comes out of berries, and

there, she will recall the thought of
that day and finally, because

they have to, they will come
and she will drop to tears

tkk
(for Leslie)

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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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