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Manila

Gridlocked Dusk To Dawn

Manila
 
Now green now white
Artery of wheels
Ceaselessly trotting.
 
Now green now white
These bustling neons
Angrily flashing.
 
Afraid their rivals
Next would glitter
Now red now black.
 
Ah City of Wheels and Neons!
Overflowing at dusk
Receding at dawn.
 
To pedestrian’s patience a paean!
To start in the morn
Back home worn out at dawn.
 
Manila Traffic October 1963
©NDR2016

Sketch of Manila traffic in the early 60s. Commuters and blinding
neon lights of all colors and hordes of vehicles is the scene from
dusk to dawn and dawn to dusk sans neons to a lesser degree.
The same can be said today and is true to a much bigger area
now called Metro Manila with a vibrant population close to 12
million people.
Got home at dawn that day enough time to shower and start
my day again.

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