bangkok streets


bumper to bumper
stuck in the heat
tail pipes grumble
as vendors hawk garlands
& tidbits to eat

Ḥê khuṇ - khuṇ t̂xngkār sụ̄̂x kherụ̄̀xngpradạb
lĕk k̄hxng c̄hạn dị̂ xỳāngrị
S̄̀wnld phiṣ̄es̄ʹ Sụ̄̂x pord!

solid gridlock
in city designed for
boats and bullocks

bicycles weave skillfully amidst
a shining mass of debris
as pedestrians
acknowledge the metallic hulks
while chewing betel nut paste
while distant sirens peel

Khuṇ sụ̄̂x nī̂ chı̀ ?
Mạn pĕn pheīyng 50 bāth læ̂w kruṇā!

on grated asphalt
the miasmic mist of exhaust pipes
and thick, sticky heat
moves vertically

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