New Bagan, Myanmar 2/17/2017

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calliope music
cascades through walls &
windows
birds sing from the trees
which sift rising sunlight
within ephemeral branches
green leaves quiver to
taste of day
jingle jangle of the loudspeaker
roar
a women’s voice
in foreign tongue
expressing some kind of
wonderful joy
bang bang of drums
& rolling bellhops
bagan awakes anew

the light climbs up the
day

 

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2

dream:

working in some fictional (but been before in dreams) PDX bar down some basement.  not the boss, just a bartender low on the totem pole returned for a bar shift after many weeks off traveling somewhere setting up for a possible busy shift don’t know where anything is or what beers are on tap or the prices for that matter.   built to spill is scheduled to play.  they set up across the room, small basement maybe 150 feet by 150 feet if that.  doug m. has got himself a new band again.  different drummer, some new young dude on guitar, and a girl on bass girl on  electric who both sing, even sing  their own songs while doug backs it all up in his angelic shambolic boise style.  TT has come with some of his krazy krewe for the show.   erica too.   shuttle them beers while the show begins.  music is good.  music gets better.  same same but different.  the band leaves the stage & doug plays that “perfect from now on” song just him on a red beanie bag to backing tracks strange & goode.   that’s when the place fills up & i get hit with a bunch of joeys & tourists who order round after round don’t care about the show.  i can’t remember the drinks the prices all that shit but, ha …     cuz at least i got the music

 

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3

sunset on the ayeyarwady
big plump scoop of orange sherbet set down on an ice cream float
the mountains & clouds gobble her up
river rolls
rolls
rolls

 

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4

sun burst forth through golden trees
as the town awakes
loudspeakers boom
tuk tuks tuk
& the payas do their make-up
don their orange robes
dirt dogs hope for breakfast
find it in some cross town trash bin

 

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5

thirteen some odd payas
in eight odd hours
riverside
construction zone
king’s prison
reclining buddha
darkened hall
climbing bricks
nat imprisoning shrine
nuclear catastrophe overcome pagoda
maroon & gold stupa
boat race regatta
tripitikata monastery
temple # 480
east facing white fresco-ed golden umbrella-ed four facing buddha
golden crowned behemoth with
sunset views from the monastery
next door

in & out &
up & down
all over
through dusty ruts &
goat tracks
cows & cow herds
payas payas
ponds & palms
blazing blue of sky
hot sun shine
down on us /
it all

 

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