Random Sightings, Jepara to Jogja

I’m finally able to distinguish a mosque from a musholla, or “prayer room.” Muslims are supposed to pray 5 times a day and so the musholla is an easy-access space found everywhere and open to any Muslim. I just saw one beside the front gate of a Coca-Cola bottling plant.
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Big tourist bus lumbers past w/ penguins on the side. Dream on!
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Gas station signs advertise services, which always include a musholla (right after the mini-market); one liter of gas is about .60 cents.
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Jepara utility company worker in the street over an open trench wears a safety vest, neon green, with the words “Bring me your tired, your poor…”
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Huge truck windshield conveys two messages: the first is Mitsubishi in giant letters across the top and, at the bottom, “FullMusic” in equally big letters. That leaves about 12 inches for actual visibility.
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Barefoot man pulling
rickety wooden cart,
painted on the back:
“Battle Wagon”
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Boys walking back from noontime prayers, dressed like Arabs 7000 miles away

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Masjid (mosque) Taqwa, all new and shiny,
followed by a weathered-looking mosque
“Masjid Baittroohm”;
no wonder where the prayers go.
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School’s out at 10:30 a.m. Friday
in time for noon prayers;
young boy, maybe 12,
calmly smokes as he heads for home
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Some people have lives
filling burlap bags with plastic trash
picked from beside the road;
many hours in the hot sun,
barefoot, skin turned charcoal color,
poking/spearing/scooping/bending
down
to get that cup, wrapper, container
and recycle for a few rupees.
They deserve a public monument:
heroes protecting the planet.
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Gigantic mosque and equally impressive minaret on the outskirts of Semarang. I thought it was an air-traffic control tower! Wow!

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Hillside cut away for coming construction,
piles of dirt like fine coffee grounds
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Oh this language so visually comprehensible but elusive of meaning:
“Semen Tiga Roda”; “Aneka Sop” (roadside restaurant)
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On the back of a local bus
Einstein with his tongue out,
equations floating against a night sky

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