Saturday, January 31, 2009

Goodbye Hong Kong

Goodbye, Hong Kong!
Blue skies, skidding clouds
Bright green trees
Sun baking my back
Smells:
dog poop
wet earth
jasmine
warm concrete
lighted incense
Salty wind
on the estuary
with the tide coming in
water rising higher on the stone wall
every minute
Slippery slides I have to hold my breath
to let Anna climb
Gummies in big bins, $5
Godiva chocolate mint ice drinks
Winding through crowds
speed walking
Pressing onto trains
Holding tight to bus railings
careening around corners
g-force
Coming back up the hill with the
wide blue sky
uneven concrete
rotting-leaf-filled gutters
Flowers
pin-pricks of rainbow lantana
folded red hibiscus
Cold cream soda
through a flimsy straw
easily chewed up
Waffles in a brown paper bag
Malls glowing
glitzy, glamorous,
people
snapping photos infront of
shiny balls, lights, velvet
Cha siu bao
in clattering, chattering
red-and-gold
restaurant
Inward aching
Goodbye, Hong Kong
until we meet again

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