North Freedom St., Jakarta

F. Rahardi

 

on the kerb
mahoganies stand with the raintrees
the angsanas in coats of black exhaust
and watch
suits and ties
bulging suitcases
shiny shoes
polished everyday
the bowing drivers
and the bodyguards
erect like pencils
lift their heads up
let the wind hit
and the tamarind leaves
fall like snow
on sweaty faces

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