Yangon, Myanmar 2/5/2017

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taxi to botataung paya
past the handicap man selling calendars
from his boom-blast cart side o’ the road
through the yangon book market
dozens of colored tents packed with books &
book lovers just like us & Kand our taxi man
deposited in the throng of temple-goers
buses and taxis and pick-ups full of faithful
take off our shoes & through the metal detector
which buzzes off but no one inspects for what metal the machine doth declare
into the line much like space mountain or
ho chi minh’s tomb
we snake through the zig zag zedi lined with gold &
smelling of feet
examining buddha relics
hairs & teeth

round and round the stupa we roam
dipping silver cups for water
& pouring them over the buddha’s head
another pagoda houses some buddha teeth
flanked by golden buddha images
honoring each of the eight – fold path
monks and children, women
in sarongs with painted cheeks
pray a little before the image
buddha made with bronze gold silver copper lead
more relics in his holy belly

in another room we toss kyat bills for luck
onto a revolving platform topped with alms bowls
down to the jetty we waltz under hot burmese sun
to view the boats & launches & ferries
giant cargo ships out on the ayeyarwady
small boats full of parasols & travelers
the people come & go
we hail a bicycle taxi
who pedals all three of us
& then some
across town through the
zany yangon streets
leaves us at rainbow hued hindu temple
for just a dollar or two
but closed for tea
we take our own
just down the street at
lucky 77
then walk some blocks past fruit &
soup salesmen

to

(what a suprise !)

take our lunch
happily
heartedly
lovingly
charitably
at the sikh temple
under grooving
bollywood jams
neverending silver plates
of thali
cross legged upon the floor
wearing colored head scarves
at the sikh temple
with all the others
a sublime feeling of welcome
and unity & comfort &

joy

our hearts &
bellies
full

walk back through the honking
streets of yangon
home
for afternoon
siesta

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