Stillness

Offerings remain

sprawled on the road,

white rice to appease

 

the gods, soiled black

with dirt and exhaust

fumes from rumbling

 

mopeds, cars, trucks,

shoe-prints indented

on white and grey

 

a remnant of ash

from an incense stick

placed by pious hands

 

a frangipani

 

small petals uncurled

its centre yellow

the residue of the sun.

First Published in Every Writer

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