Sodom and Gomorrah

neck deep
in tax files
election news
profit shares
the new neighbour asking for clean water.

An all-night ball
ribbons everywhere
a trumpet screams
a pale face, sleepy,
I can’t see my ashtray from the smoke
did someone knock on the door?



The hour hand points at three.

Subagio Sastrowardojo

(From Simphoni, Jakarta, Pustaka Jaya, 1971, p. 28.)

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