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.

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