Category Archives: Bamboo Leaves

MIRROR

I shone a lightinto the mirror of your mind,there was no reflectionand my light disappeared.No recognition beyond the blank starethere. (Poem from BAMBOO LEAVES) .

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THE TREE OF MAN

The flowers of the Strangling Figare fertilised by wasps.Its fruit is delightfulto green pigeons, hornbills, macaquesbarbets, gibbons and langursand ends up in their guts. From there the seedfinds its way to a moist spoton the canopy of a suitable tree. … Continue reading

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IMMIGRATION THAI STYLE

The Tree of Life is flowering;clusters of yellow showeringgolden petalsin seasonal abundanceon bare roads. One hundred and twenty-one Burmese,including fourteen children,travelled east looking for workin a locked air-tight container;twelve square metresof standing,enduringjolting pot-holed tracksand double- backs. When the ventilator failed,they started … Continue reading

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HE SAID… SHE SAID…

Gossip and slander is pouring wateron the earth. A knife scraping a stonedoes not bruise it. Even Buddha imagesare tarnished. How can a man of earthescape censure? .

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BODY SNATCHERS

Under a bridge,white vanblue overalls,accidentblack spot. The spirits of those who die violentlyspiral around in turbulence,causing more accidents. The Buddhist Association, funded by public donations,collects the piecesand pacifies the spiritswith chanting and cremations. It is an unconnected factthat, even if … Continue reading

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MIDSUMMER DREAM

I dreamed of Paradise Garden;sunlight sliding downfrom an infinite skythrough cedar trees to emerald lawns;oriental poppies six feet high,Indian butterflies gliding bythrough multilayered shades of blue.Olympian Apollo’s statueholds a fountain in his hands,which swirls and mists, sparkles and cools,cascading down … Continue reading

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YESTERDAY’S CHILDREN

Acharn Suphot is the Temple Warden.Previously he was Headmasterof the Temple School for thirty five years. “In the past, for as long  as anyone can remember, children studied the Code of Good Conduct.Thirty years ago, the Government appointed a Christian as Minister of … Continue reading

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