Sri Lankan inspired haiku

 

along Galle Face Walk

umbrellas shelter couples

snuggling in the heat.

 

woman crosses road,

hand raised to oncoming bus,

– Colombo traffic.

 

men walk slowly in

a funeral procession

from the Galle Fort Mosque

 

preparing Koththu,

cutting up vegetables,

chopping roti strips.

 

Sri Lankan road rules.

vehicles take up road space

in pincer movements.

 

signs on the rail line

– lack of metal, weak sleepers –

reduce engine speed


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