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      THAI SILHOUETTES
                                                        by gop
 
 
morning stillness  
the white orchid growing
in a coconut husk
 

fog lifting  
a mahout talks
to his elephant
 

a piercing cry
from the early street
'brooms! brooms!'
 

waiting for the ashes
the mourner feeds
a temple dog
 

11 a.m.
tree sparrows clean
the dog's rice bowl
 

Thai yard sale  
a basket of mangoes
and a banana flower
 

distant thunder
a lone dove preens
under the lettuce tree
 

almost dusk
in the window
a Buddha's silhouette
 

evening meditation  
on the garage roof
a sound of claws
 

September dawn
in the medicine cabinet
wall-lizard eggs

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