Poem: BALI, Indonesia

Green, deep green
Chlorophyll blinds the eyes keen
Black earth, brown aches
Sticky mud between toes cakes.

Tears irrigate the picture
painted under the labouring harvest’s stricture
Paddy, palms, coconuts, frangipanis
Creations of peasant hands canny.

Rice sold and eaten
Suffices to keep deep want beaten
But for the future there are no savings
School, culture, dignity unsatisfied cravings.

Green beauty massages the soul
A rested spirit is the tourist’s dole.
The holy dollar has bought the view
Aching fingers sculpt paradise for the few.

Melbourne, 2010

Green from a tourist's window, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia, 2009.

3 thoughts on “Poem: BALI, Indonesia

  1. puregreenjade May 7, 2010 — 8:36 pm

    So true…I just returned from Bali. Opulence and poverty, side by side… lush beauty contrasted with grime encrusted buildings

  2. Thanks Max touche
    Even in the island of the Gods as else where on this planet
    the hands of many sculpt a heaven for the wretched fortunate
    John A

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