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The Streets of Taiwan...a poem

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An orangutan owned by small-time mafia at a Taiwan night market
An orangutan owned by small-time mafia at a Taiwan night market
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The orangutan was owned by some petty mafia types who used him as an attraction to sell gun-shaped lighters at the night market. Behind him are cages with cobras in them. The orangutan was a sad creature who drank Taiwan beer and smoked Long Life Cigarettes like any depressed human would. It wasn't an act. He really drank and smoked.

Typical Taiwan street scene, view from train station, Chung-li, Taiwan
Typical Taiwan street scene, view from train station, Chung-li, Taiwan
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The Streets of Taiwan


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We stand out like white sheep,

Stumbling along the crowded Taiwan streets,

Tripping on cracked sidewalks crammed with clothing racks and crates,

Congestion of vertical signs in Chinese hieroglyph--

An occasional decipherable word:

"Language School"

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"Pub"

"McDonalds"

"Tiolet"

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Shawn Hamilton is a reporter and teacher in California. He began his teaching career in Taiwan in 1989 when large rallies were supporting the protesters at Tiananmen Square in Beijing, China.

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