A SIDEWALK IN BANGKOK
Bodies slice through the dense humid air.
Trees caught in a web of power lines.
Thai iced tea rides in a plastic bag swing set.
The wedding party's sandals wait outside the bridal boutique.
Fish balls dance in hot oil.
Basil, lemongrass, and chillies hang off the stand.
The security guard battles Candy Crush.
Masseuses giggle at their competition next door.
Motorcyclist in reflective armor wait for the next order.
Small splashes on my ankles from mysterious puddles.
Genuine happiness, and warm welcomes.
They see the majority, and hear a minority.
The smile is universal.