Poetry from Thailand

Original poetry written in and about rural Thailand.

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Location: Chong Khae, Nakhonsawan, Thailand

Thursday, April 7, 2011


Ayutthaya, Thailand

There is no rehearsal for life
in any school unless it is after supper
on a bright stage in front of an empty
and darkened gym. Here the future seems
captured just like the past and we can move
along the story board at will. Occasionally,
a voice from the deep dark out front says,
“Again, please!” We know it’s the
social science teacher, but if she wants it again,
again is not a problem.

There is no rehearsal for life
unless it is years later to sit in a metal
folding chair out front in the same dark gym
Old and fat with no job, no wife and bills
you know in your heart you’ll never be able
to pay, you don’t stand, clap and shout “Encore!”
at the end. You just sit and listen for a single
voice in the tumult to say, once more
“Again, please!”

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