2/13/2017 Mingun, Myanmar

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take the boat up river along the ayeyarwady
claptrap houseboats, ferries, & tugs
ladies washing laundry along the muddy banks
smacking magenta dresses with teak logs
grinding out the soot

a shantytown along the river
stilt houes, tractors, trucks
bags of rice loaded in a chorus line
from back of flatbed to awaiting barge

boatmen poles the bowline
up through the shallows end
muddy swirl of ayeyarwady
rushing, tumbling past

small boats tugging teak & bamboo
colored banners flying
huts along the riverside
with boatmen idle there

before us dusty hilltops
rise up from the waters edge
rolling with parched winter forests
gilded with a dozen stupas or more

we come to mingun paya
a crumble of brick & ruin
colossal in her scope & antiquity
rotting upon the shore

 

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me me & nu nu
walk us through the ruins
stupas & monasteries of mingun township
cream colored oxen
ox carts, hammocks
women selling bangles & jangles &
more along the dusty roadside north
white blaze of paya celestial kissing blue horizons
prayer flags a-flying
wrapped around her haloed crown

 

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