The Pandemic has closed
the theaters and cinemas.
On stage a lone actor commits
suicide in the loneliness.
On screen the two lovers run to each
other against the march of soldiers.
The actor’s death is an extravagant fake,
a nod to the art of dying a good stage death.
The lovers perform erotic asphyxiation
until the man seems to fall deeply asleep.
The actor pulls the dagger from his neck,
red silk flowing freely from his throat.
In the light motes coming from the projector
Sada realizes that Kichizo has died.
The red silk now entombs Sensei Omiya
like a gown as he reaches out to Sada’s cry.
Sada kisses Kichizo for the final time
as she removes Kichizo‘s blade.
Sensei Omiya drowns in a swell of red silk.
“Sada, my child, what shame have you brung?”
Sada cuts Kichizo’s penis off cleanly carrying
it inside her as she madly wanders Tokyo.
The projector clicks off, the house lights fade.
The transformation is done.
The performance is over
The lovers story is based on the plot of the Japanese film In the Realm of the Senses by Nagisha Oshima. The theater story is intended to be a subplot of the lovers plot. The theater plot is also intended to invoke images of Japanese Kabuki theater.