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A Quarterly Journal
Jeffrey Woodward, Founder & Owner
Ray Rasmussen, General Editor

Volume 13, Number 2, June 2019

Marilyn Humbert
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Wishing . . .

Allan has been receiving treatment for APML since August 2018. To amuse ourselves during the long hours of waiting between appointments, infusions, ECGs, and blood tests, we have been armchair travelling to Thailand.

a heady swirl
chilli, lemongrass, basil
smiling tuk-tuk drivers
scents and sounds
of a different culture

golden pitched roof
of Wat Chiang Man
welcomes . . .
quiet from city clatter
beneath ancient tamarinds

in the silence
of a shaded courtyard
tamarind leaves
a rippling lotus pool

at sunset
the golden elephant
on child monks
in saffron robes

small gifts
wrapped in banana leaves
incense sticks
spiked in coconuts
laid at the feet of stone elephants

Author's Note: APML – acute promyelocytic leukaemia.



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