Tokyo, Japan 1/11/2017 part 2

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shinjuku a blaze of color
traffic &
light
a hundred exits
to the teeming, teetering subway
station where 8 o’clock signals
yet another work-a-day
rush hour
shuffle

neon signboards
flashing lights
piss alley full up of
yakitori hovels
izakaya joints
dozens upon dozens with
smoking meats stuffed
with diners
beer-drinkers
hell raisers

the train passes by
train passes over

kabuki-cho alleys glow with
flesh
flesh salesmen & sex
strippers on their way to work
a rainbow of lights & hawkers
interspersed with bars
cafes
italian restaurants

stumble onto the
golden gai
guided thence
by a signboard spinner

bar upon ever bar
too many to count
some above
some below
one hundred
two hundred
all piled in a jigsaw puzzle
each no bigger than a
postage stamp
dim lights
smoke &
music
dead kennedys
inviting us into
a red blaze of
sultry suds &
foam
slink into the
barstools
shoulder to shoulder
with salary men
belting out
buzzcocks anthems

drink into the
sacred
tokyo
night

 

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