Doi Suthep Day One


Scantily clad tourists
Scatter themselves around
The temple here at Doi Suthep.
Bells ring, low and deep
At one or two second
Intervals. Occasionally the
Deep, thunderous boom
Of the six foot gong sounds
As if from a great distance
But really only 100 feet.
There are so many beautiful
Trees and flowers here upon
This mountain, roses and bougainvillea,
Gardenia and marigold. Many
Familiar from Delhi and yet
Hundreds more I have never
Encountered. This is to be
My home for the next ten days,
The water from a nearby
Fountain gushes as it rolls
Along into the catfish
Filled bottom pool, and soft
Droplets of rain fall from
The dark skies above.
Although the tourists are numerous
And the atmosphere is
Anything but meditative,
The lack of city noise is


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