A yellow dawn breaks on the airport of my childhood
Thick air of spices and warmth and tenderness
Enters my nose and brings out a wave of nostalgia
And here I am, the home of my soul
Don Meuang embraced me like a long lost lover
A lifetime of work to own a house / then you end up diminished by it.
Home is where the heart is / or home is where the art is…
I knew it as Eden,
/ that lost walled garden,
/ past the green edge
/ of priory and village;
/ and, beyond it, the house,
/ withdrawn, white,
/ one window…
Hame, hame, hame on the truck,
/ the wheels grind their grumly air, …
Step as you will through life,
/ A thousand ways, a thousand places.
/ Carry a home in your heart
/ Or spend years seeking the…
A few more looks over
/ my breeze-polished shoulders
/ and I shall be home.
/ The spilled-over
/ window deepens with every gaze.
/ On the island
/ which incessantly…
I prepared the package
/ for my friends in the states
/ the dangling earrings woven
/ into half moons black pearls glinting
/ like an eye in…
This is a place I like to know
/ with the ease of love,
/ gliding slow along the way –
/ these streets of white…
Today I dreamed all day. I dreamed
/ I drove round Bukhara. I dreamed
/ dizzy minarets, I dreamed
/ rosegardens skimmed my shoes.
/ I dreamed I…
After twenty years in the mainland
/ Mother’s gone back to the Island
/ to let her skin
/ melt from her bones
/ under her native sun.