Marrickville Rd Sonnet

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first her head upon folded arms
in the Delish food bar   considering
the Paris Bakery as terraces of rice
outside Bac Ha   then inside Ga Lao Cai
she recalls French tourists eating papaya
while a Vietnam Vet stinks of piss and speaks
with himself on a BART   gliding above Oakland
what if everything lives in opposition   he thinks
as two old Greeks Shree Durga Matha   are in fact
a bus tailgating a bike rider   a half-moon that
guides the wind   while shopfronts peel for
the love of footy and plastic fruit   out the front
of Centrelink   for the love of this

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