Poetry from Thailand

Original poetry written in and about rural Thailand.

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Location: Chong Khae, Nakhonsawan, Thailand

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Thai Symphony




 And God said, “Let there be rain,”
and last night there was water
upon the dark world making it
a no-man’s land of gushing trenches
lit only by distant star shells.

We huddled inside while visions
on military TV showed a general
in a white uniform kneeling
before a picture of a king too frail
to attend the ceremony.  It seemed
the ultimate selfie.

Amid the rat-a-tat-tat and booms
of the war outside a group of toads
took up an anvil chorus that sounded
like school-yard swings in need of oil.

FG 5/28/2014

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