Notes from Japan #2

A politeness – an acknowledgement of each man present.

Greetings; time spent and time expected.

Van arrival. Four old men – clean gloved, ironed work pants, comfortable shoes and hats that were bought decades ago by wives or children in celebration.

Motor silenced.

Breeze rustle and morning song; hands on hips – soft-toned discussion.

Pause – reflection.

Wooden boards pulled – joining ute trailer and ground. Cement mixer dating to their childhoods. Rolled down, and then across. Then…

Bridge-sitting – next steps.

A young man – purposeful – workwear with helmet. Speed limiting eye contact.

Time-bound, he passes four men on a bridge.

No acknowledgement. No pause. No reflection.

 

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