Tuesday 15 January 2013


We make an accidental stop
to taste coffee expelled
by the Luwak monkey
'Most Expensive In The World':
a tray of coffees and teas to tempt
the palate and the wallet;
But here, at this height,
we feel wealthy enough,
and soon heady drunk enough
on Arabica and Robusta,
for anything.
My heart gives out
on the way down to the paddy fields
and I return.
Dragonflies like birds
circle the rice
and visit me
in my bamboo cave;
What can be heard
but not seen -
the song of mosquitoes
enjoying me.
We take a different route 
you and I
when we pass through archways
or slip inside doorways
but we always meet
on the other side.
My sister-in-law asked me, oh so casually, if I wanted to join her in a family reunion in Bali. I booked that ticket so fast I can't decide if she was impressed or in shock since I normally live my life at the pace of a snail :) These excerpts are from my Bali journal, but the last image is of a butterfly I met in Kuala Lumpur. 


SERENA said...

looks like a beautiful adventure! happy new year dearest cousin :) lovely to see you out in asia X xxx

Marcoantonio Arellano (Nene) said...

What a wonderful journey you're sharing with us. Hope that butterfly you speak of will carry you in her gossamer wings to a place where pain is nominalized.

Enjoy the dragonflies and swish away those darn hungry mosquitos.

Mary Helen-Art Saves Lives said...

Your gentle words and metaphors are so serene...I wish I could be a dragonfly and come to Bali with you. Walk in white healing light. Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart

Sherry Blue Sky said...

I so loved these photos - such beautiful countryside - I know the peasants are working extremely hard, but they look so beautiful doing it. And the butterfly shot is awesome.

Cloudia said...

a restorative visit - as to heaven

Aloha from Honolulu,
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