Day 136 – Soul Sharing

Friday, January 14, 2011
Day 136
5:50 pm

Soul Sharing

“Some of what you’re hearing, I’m hearing for the
first time, too…we see each other, but we don’t
talk about this stuff…it’s like these guys are
sharing their souls with you.”
– Nick Nagatani in Glenn Omatsu’s Asian American
Studies class, 1/14/11

I saw a man, a sixty-something Veteran
of the Vietnam War, as he spoke today,

More so sat, he sat and had a classroom
full of laptops sit there, just sit

The sound of tap tap tapping away to
the sound of simultaneous stopping

The sound of shifting to locking, knees
and palms bolted down to plastic

Like witnessing a man grown weary, who
blew dust off of an old cover nonetheless

We were just lucky enough that we happened
to be there, hardly breathing

To watch old bullets ricochet in his mind,
echoes of murderer ringing in a quiet chamber

To see rarely uttered remembrance travel like
opaque wavelengths across the room

More palpable in our stomachs than graceful
storytelling or elegant speech,

To muffle silence and let the unspeakable
ring aloud, he shared soul to bare hearts

By those moments, we became nailed to truth,
wanting more from him, but not saying a word



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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