Poetry from Thailand

Original poetry written in and about rural Thailand.

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Location: Chong Khae, Nakhonsawan, Thailand

Saturday, July 9, 2011

The Mermaid

With legs pasted together,
she rides sidesaddle in back
of the taxi motorsi, weaving
through the river of dammed
cars in the Thai city street.

She is a school-girl
wearing a white blouse
and a short black skirt
which makes her legs look
longer, if legs she has at all.

Riding almost since birth,
she is in her element
and zigs and zags and almost
stops in and out of traffic
with fish-eyes of no surprise.

With no purchase on the
machine except her weight
on the rear of the seat, she
seems to swim ahead and
balance all at the same time.

She has long, ironed,
jet black hair drawn up into
a tight bun with wild chin
length wisps of hair left
in front of her ears.

With her chin high above
her right shoulder, she
almost seems to be surfing
as she passes by and gives
me one of those sweet side-long
smiles that young girls and
mythical beings I doubt
even know they have.

FG July 9, 2011

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