Beneath snaking concrete viaduct, baking heat
Cooks sunburnt pores, street vending nooks,
Pungent fried sizzles punch lung deep, an urban Kingdom
Jostling air, space, and conditioned lifestyles.
Spiced iced tea, rice soup, lychee cocktails,
Mesmerizing Soi-mazed corners
Inhale city sewer flavours,
Pavement tiles uneven, tilting, roasting.
Curbside, rainbow taxi ranks flank
Juice bar pit stops, bamboo bar tops,
High rise scrapers, elevators, shopping centres –
Eastern promise meets Western dream.
Not far flung from this urban jungle,
Nestled north, enveloped forest,
Lies a calmer version –
Country living –
Opening up green borders,
Walk amongst your past-time inclines,
Sun bleached hills and warbled song birds that
Stop here, stop now and let this touch you –
Nature’s glorious paradigm,
*A poem inspired by a damn fine Saturday morning, and several elephants