Day 237 – Venice and Lincoln

Monday, April 25, 2011
Day 237
2:35 pm

Venice and Lincoln

when you see an old Japanese
American person standing at a
corner on the west side, forgive
them if they are in a daze

they might be thinking about unlucky
lotto numbers – 12, 7, 4, 25, 19, 42,
or they could be locked into a
memory of another time altogether

like that December day when their
buddies fell a curse called
“parents” who instructed their
children to turn their Japanese
classmates into paper and glass

or that April morning when they
had to eat everything they wanted
to bury and carry everything they
owned with two vacillating hands

instead of a lei, their necks were
donned with tags for a descent into
an unknown so unromantic, they
grew attached to the feeling of
concrete underneath their shoes

that corner played host to a send-off
fraught with the blank faces of friends,
the hollow eyes of abandoned pets,
the stares of pity, or of indignation,
of sullen, or hateful, passersby

you could be standing next to
them, as they are standing beside
themselves, simply looking back or
holding onto baggage from another time

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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