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The Asian Journey- From Empire to Earth Pilgrim by Francis Rothery

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The Asian Journey- From Empire to Earth Pilgrim

Empire

 

The crowded cacophony of Bangkok

Mean and miserable faces

Seem strange and unforgiving

Hurrying towards the next chemical cake or caffeine fix

 

The traffic is suffocating

The noise overwhelming

I disappear in the Seven Eleven glare

Manufactured food and manufactured lives

 

The smell of effluent seeps from the sidewalks

The many dogs sleep in the coolness of the doorways

The crushing towers loom over me

My breath is sucked into concrete and glass

 

Business and buying and buyout

How empty the transactions

Costing the Earth

Costing the Soul

 

What does it profit me if I gain the whole world but lose my soul?

What does it profit me if I gain the whole world but lose my soul?

What does it profit me if I gain the whole world but lose my soul?

Money makes the world go round and round and round …

Dizziness in the then and the there

 

Concrete

A frog jumps in

Statue

 

Earth Pilgrim

 

The roosters open wide the day

The dogs answer the call

The pigs announce themselves too

The daughters gather and gabble

 

The mothers cook rice and fish

The fathers farm the land

Generations upon generations have come and gone

Leading the way through the dark forest

 

Reality is not measured out in paper

Brothers and Sisters, Aunts and Uncles

Bring us security, sanity and treasury

Rooted and grounded in heredity

 

Sharing identity, born in adversity

Striving humanity, from the depths of time

Life is found in the living,

Born in the cycles of giving and forgiving

 

Is this how we can prosper when we lose the world but gain our soul?

Is this how we can prosper when we lose the world but gain our soul?

Is this how we can prosper when we lose the world but gain our soul?

Partners make the world go round and round and round ….

Happiness in the here and the now

 

Rain

A frog laughs

The Earth sings!

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