Ode to Taipei City

Sit on a sidewalk facing out and eat.
Watch how the kids smile shyly and feel complete.
The cook just graduated from college, I think.
The dirty pail of muddy water is his sink.

I believe the couple divided by the paper could break –
The tension between them is more that I can take.
Thoughts turn to myself and my hands –
I stare into them until they look like rubber bands.

Life is passing me by as I eat.
Alone is the only time I hear the chorus and can tap its beat.


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