Taipei, Taiwan 1/15/2017

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swirling plumes of incense fill up
longshan temple
the faithful have assembled
bowing & praying &
burning joss sticks
piles of offerings on every table
oranges
bananas
bottles of fish sauce
pens & pencils
golden paper
cookies & cakes

pillars of golden buddhas
hundreds of them piled high
atop one another

they’re adding more
as the smoke curls up the ceiling
staining the red roof beams black
with soot
the golden manchus smiling
flowers & garlands
bouquets of bougainvillea

a hum of activity
visitors & all

longshan temple
a sanctuary in this
clap-trap city

the high rises
rise up above the
temple walls
street dogs & beggars at the gates
mopeds
buses
subway lines

 

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