Poetry from Thailand

Original poetry written in and about rural Thailand.

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Friday, May 1, 2009

In the Mall of our Discontent

Are we just the sum of our
Likes and dislikes refined year on year
With the help of others?
And are likes and dislikes
The same as the phrase
All things seen and unseen
Which seems to slope up
In my mind like an
Escalator which we ride
Up and down without effort?

No, likes and dislikes
Is just another floor
Where shoppers carry
Away a raft of things
That aren’t quite true.

I stop in front of a bank of TVs
Where a glib man talks
About things too big to fail.

I sigh and think
We need a special sale
That discounts those other things
. . . That fill our need for more.

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