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late October street scene

October 27, 2022

water falls from one balcony
smoke drifts upwards from another
to the rhythm of the song of powertools
a Cambodian version of the Greek chorus

motos flow to and fro on the horizontal plane
while there is a general stillness of mood amongst
those gathered on the pavement tables
with late breakfasts and early beers
while fans twist above energetically
and paper napkins respond

(sometimes the faces change
sometimes they return
sometimes they bellow as if
discussing something with the whole street
dogs and all)

shoeshine guy and sunglasses guy
walk the street for custom
alternating between weary resignation
and mangled smiles

but now I must get back to my desk
and see what mistakes I’ve made this week

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