Friday, July 29, 2005

deep summer

Photo by Jay Williams, courtesy of www.morguefile.com

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

city

storm clouds roll in
as my taxi cab
speeds towards them


Photo by Kenn Kiser, c/o morguefile.com

...

pitted bricks
broken windows
bushes overgrown

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

balance

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

Photo by Iván Melenchón, courtesy of www.morguefile.com

...

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

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

heat wave

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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 www.weatherbook.com

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 morguefile.com

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

contortions

Photo by clarita (Italy), c/o morguefile.com

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 morguefile.com

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 www.pacificasiamuseum.org

...

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

Sunday, July 17, 2005

westward

Photo by clarita (Italy), c/o morguefile.com

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 morguefile.com

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 morguefile.com

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 morguefile.com

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

celebrations

Photo by Kevin Ambrose, c/o www.weatherbook.com

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 morguefile.com

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