Poetry from Thailand

Original poetry written in and about rural Thailand.

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Location: Chong Khae, Nakhonsawan, Thailand

Friday, February 28, 2014

My Homeland Calls Me Home (Memorial Day)

Affection and duty say go,
but I know better and just stay
in this beautiful land of smiles
that has given me peace and joy
and yet another chance at life.
Still, in the soft, glowing twilight
a world away and more in time
the rice fields reach to the west sun
that’s setting so far, far away.

FG 2/26/2014

In writing back to Joan Konieczny who asked if I was ever coming home, I said I often feel the pull of affection and duty, but doubt I can ever make that trip.