Friday, July 29, 2005

deep summer

Photo by Jay Williams, courtesy of

sudden storm fells
a limb of my favorite tree --
years exposed


crepe myrtle
hanging heavy in the warmth --
she prances by

Thursday, July 28, 2005


storm clouds roll in
as my taxi cab
speeds towards them

Photo by Kenn Kiser, c/o


pitted bricks
broken windows
bushes overgrown

Wednesday, July 27, 2005


a stranger walks by
asking me for some small change --
my eyes say yes

Photo by Iván Melenchón, courtesy of


taut tightrope between
a life of compassion and
getting what I want

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

heat wave

Photo by

walking calmly
in the scorching sun --
my blood boils


withering heat --
a cooling draft spills
from the open door

Monday, July 25, 2005

summer morning

Photo by Kevin Ambrose, c/o

lightning bolts
across the
high-rise glass


morning light
eking through
a thunderstorm

Friday, July 22, 2005

leaving Bangkok

Photo by Trisha Shears, c/o

at a temple
short-haired cat next to its stone likeness:
Siamese twins


crossing the date line
one day flows into the next
time begins and ends

Thursday, July 21, 2005


Photo by clarita (Italy), c/o

pressure points and pain
white lights behind my eyelids
Thai massage


wooden carvings
of contorted figures
forever locked in battle

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Thai orchids

mirrors in the bathroom:
one delicate orchid
becomes a garden


Photo by Sanjay Pindiyath (Hong Kong), c/o

a purple orchid
placed on my snow-white pillow
sweet dreams lie ahead

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

oriental city

Courtesy of BBC News

saffron-clad monk
seeking alms with a brass bowl --
ten baht for peace of mind


scent of roasting pork,
pad thai, belching bus fumes, the crowds --
Bangkok awaits

Monday, July 18, 2005

I honor you

on every corner
Buddha smiles calmly on
pilgrims at his feet

Seated Buddha Sakyamuni, Thailand, c. 13th/14th century, gift of David L. Kamansky, courtesy of


hands raised in greeting,
a gentle dip of the head,
a smile -- namaste

Sunday, July 17, 2005


Photo by clarita (Italy), c/o

westward to Asia
I follow the sun on its
endless journey home


over Alaska
at thirty-six thousand feet
cloud garden below

Thursday, July 14, 2005

special edition/Sonderausgabe: from Bangkok

Photo by DT, c/o

Buddhist monk walks by
smiling knowingly at the
world that awaits him


trees grow in the midst
of traffic jams and smoke --
unexpected nature

Thursday, July 07, 2005

off to Thailand; back in a while

Photo by Komgrit Trakoontiwakorn, c/o

beyond the horizon
a land of Buddhas
laden with offerings


on the other side
of the world, yet still
in the same place

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

fresh air

Photo by Diana in Romania, c/o

a double sky
punctuated here and there
by lilies on the pond


strolling back
from the gallery evening
sweet honeysuckle slippers

Tuesday, July 05, 2005


Photo by Kevin Ambrose, c/o

holiday weekend
fireworks --
acrid smoke drifts


another year older
another year of gray hair
another year

Friday, July 01, 2005

white noise

Photo by chamomile, c/o

I sit quietly,
quietly, amidst the din
letting it pass by


three soft black pillows
on the floor of the quiet room
white noise streams by