Traverse City Record-Eagle

Northern Living

July 21, 2013

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Mekong Ferry (Vietnam)

No one says a word.

They chew sticky rice and watch

the water buffalo watching them,

their ebony eyes rooted

somewhere beneath their bodies.

Fishing nets hang from branches,

thin curtains veiling thick forests.

Still no one speaks.

At mud villages we land

and offload catfish, poppy seeds,

lotus buds and rosewood.

Saffron parasols

shield the stone Buddhas

at Luang Prabang.

One by one we disembark

in a silence

older than the trees.

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