one-way street

coloful ride ©papa osmubal

coloful ride ©papa osmubal


one-way street

iris fan

I was in the taxi
moving slowly behind
the garbage truck
watching the men
taking the bins
emptying
putting them back
along the street at one a.m.

hourly news on the radio
pop singer imprisoned for importing heroin
Hong Kong student union president removed from office for something he said
Mainland tour bus in Taiwan hit by a truck’s lazy crane

me and the driver
we didn’t talk
I watched him
roll down the window
light up a cigarette
curse for being stuck on the road

the whole city was sleeping
little islands
up and down on the waves

I felt a little sorry for the driver
staying awake with a stranger
but there was nothing to say to that

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