7.25.2022 – gone were the ketchup

gone were the ketchup
reds and mustard yellows that
screamed attention

the fat fonts, image of
a turtle that was somehow
also a sandwich

Adapted from a photo essay in the New York Times titled:

The Ephemeral Art of Mexico City’s Food Stalls
In the heart of Mexico’s capital, the colorful signs that have come to define the urban landscape of the city are being erased.
Photographs by Jordi Ruiz Cirera

Text by Natalie Kitroeff

The text reads: White paint blanketed the food stalls of Cuauhtémoc, the borough Ms. Cuevas had been elected to represent last year, encompassing the city’s historic center. Others were scrubbed bare, down to their metallic walls.

Gone were the ketchup reds and mustard yellows that screamed for attention, the fat fonts, the image of a turtle that was somehow also a sandwich.

The text was just too good to ignore and it turned into a double haiku which is and isn’t against the rules of haiku.

It mostly isn’t as there aren’t really too many rules.

So by my rules, it is okay.

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