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GRASS CUTTING

Today a hundred yards of green lawnalong the river promenade,interspersed with small trees and bushes, are ready for trimming.Fifteen men and womenwith strimmers, baskets and long-handled brushesare given the job of creating great cloudsof fine green and brown dust,interspersed with … Continue reading

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THE DEVA

Sawang sits meditatingin front of the large Buddha image.His loose top is gold,his trousers gold and green.He has short hair and a pleasant face.He has been the Guardian deityfor five hundred years.In the beginning there were many tigers.The last tiger … Continue reading

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BAMBOO LEAVES

Their leaves of grass* emerge and fade;with windblown rustling tongues converse.The grove has grown throughout the universe,spreads everywhere its pleasant living shade;creating north south east and west (the fierce, unending struggle to be best);relentlessly growing.The variety is unimaginable,the sameness unknowingand … Continue reading

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DYING RACES OF MANKIND

When the rich see the very poorthey know it is timeto buy their valuables.Cheaply. This ancient people were driven out of Tibetby the Tibetans,out of China by the Chinese and out of Burmaby the Burmese. Ah Kah people are very … Continue reading

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CHRISTMAS DAY ON SAMET ISLAND

begins in the half darkwith a six inch huntsman spiderexploring my chair,ends with a Laotian girl,with all the charmof sibylline eyes,wearing a fourteen inch centipedeas a writhing, living braceletthat digs its claws into her slender arm. In between, courtesy of … Continue reading

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