trip to Myanmar

by Carol Bass


today I took my pleasure and wandered...
wandered slowly 
through temples of Bagan, Myanmar
vast   hot   dry 
toast crisp air, like Arizona 
breathing deeply eased my mind, kept my heart in my chest
butterflies, crawling bugs, same as home 
passing through wars, between peace and unrest
meeting people of the ages, all yearning for freedom

one temple
 to another 
ancient rough rock surfaces
feel your fingertips touching the others ?
builder companions
buddhists companions
women warriors, slaves, lovers 
I was born there one day
     meditating was easy