Wednesday, May 4, 2016

May 4


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  2. Visiting the PI

    When I went to the Philippines
    I remember
    Stepping
    Out into
    the airport
    terminal
    In Manila
    And the stench
    of diesel fuel
    A petroleum like
    smell of gasoline
    permeating the air
    It was as though I
    had stepped into
    another world
    from out of the
    airplane
    Into a bath of gas
    A putrid stink of
    fumes smelling of
    fuel
    A room of tears
    only that could
    be cured with
    a surgical mask
    Many people would
    wear them in public
    to not expose them
    to the foul odor
    of the toxic air
    There was a time
    when I was visiting
    the mega store
    and I recall
    it had rained
    briefly for a time
    as the temperature
    increased with the
    humidity at one hundred
    percent
    The super store
    was the only sanctuary
    in the whole city
    That fresh air conditioning
    place of relief
    But before I went in
    I remember a soldier
    standing guard outside
    the entrance
    as I said
    It is really hot
    and the
    person in uniform
    commented
    It is normal
    temperature
    sir

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