A casual observation

Waiting out the rain
She hunkers down
In the narrow dryness
Of a doorway’s eaves

On her way
To Hanoi’s mobile market
A vibrant gesticulation
Of colour and sass
Gentle salesmanship
And meagre means

In a country
Simple enough
On the surface

On a second glance

To casual visitors

Like me

Street vendor
Hanoi, Vietnam

Taken during travels, 1995