Day 206 – bank opera deposit

Friday, March 25, 2011
Day 206
10:59 am

bank opera deposit

The bank down on 158th
Is in clear walking distance,
Close to the markets, my
House and the local casino

A mish mosh of the locals
Convene in line, waiting to
Cash in for the week’s piece
Of hope or crappy pittance

From time to time, a grumpy
Man without his hearing aid
Will start raising his voice when
The bank is stalling or unsure

Customers unintentionally start
Breathing in unison, the rise
Of tension putting a spotlight
On the back of the old man,

Enough time to ponder what it
Might take to divert attention to
Me, shall I start singing…opera, a
Ditty from the Marriage of Figaro

The obasan in front of me will
Join in, ripping up her deposit slips
To make leaves for the entrance
Of the court and the first family

The guard with the wandering eye
Sashaying over to us, hoping to
Meet me underneath the moonlight
Of window number ten

The entire line in front and in back
Of me, quickly transform their jackets
To tails and petticoats, joining in,
The Wicked Chorus of the Famished

How fast could I make an entire
Building full of people think I’m
A brilliant musical theater performer
Or a clever bank robber?

Or an insane customer with a
Week’s worth of pay, that must
Stretch to the month’s wits’
End, wilting in my hand?

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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