"We shall not cease from exploration and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started
and know the place for the first time." (T S Eliot)
"A dark and chanted verse is what I am." (
Forough Farrokhzad)

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

KING OF AYUTTHAYA

The skies cleared somewhat
As the road left Bangkok
Behind us
On a tiger's new world stage;
And we travelled routes
Leading west-north-west
To see remnants
Of a more heroic age
When Naresuan
Armed elephants for war,
To defeat his foreign foes in battle -
Single combat between kings -
That ensured
Thailand would be no alien's chattel.
I know Don Chedi's mound will stay with me -
Victory’s relic rising in my dreams.
My night-time eyes will take me back
And I’ll see Ayutthaya’s moats -
Now placid streams -
Graceful grand wats
Worn out only by time,
And the face
Of smiling Buddha reclined.


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