Traffic in Manila

Trying to cross
To the other
Side

Trying to divide
The conquer

But my attention
Is divided and
Multiplied and subtracted
In the lifespan of a
Second

My heart is
An egg beaten
Over and over

Stop go
Stop go
Lean
Slide
Twist

Keeping time
In a pouch not
Visible to the eye
But the heart

The street seems
To say, don’t cross
Me

It says, I cross
YOU, you don’t
Cross me

Look at you with
Your two American
Left feet, the street
Says

Don’t cross me
Don’t cross your eyes
Don’t cross your legs

Cross your fingers
If you can remember
To do so

Make the sign
Of the cross too

Trying to cross
To the other side
In hair trigger hesitation

A 3 legged dog
With one eye has
More grace

With getting to
The other
Side

(C) Tony Robles 2017

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