In an assiduous attempt to survive
Each single day of existence
We tend to forget we owe ourselves
A break once in a while
Until that headache persists
And vertigo sets in
As if to remind us that our brain
Needs some breathing space too.
And so I was persuaded
By well-meaning girl friends
To go on hiatus in a faraway land
Away from it all, they said
On a journey with no expectations
Expedition of unfamiliar enclave
I closed my eyes and
Started building castles in the air.
As soon as we landed
A sense of euphoria embraced us
Finally away from it all as promised
No deadline to beat nor
Persistent phone calls to answer
As if magic descended upon us
And the universe contrived to hide us
In this enchanted island called Bali.
One can’t help but admire Bali's
Mystical centuries-old temples on cliffs
And on water in the highlands
Mischievous monkeys standing guard
Ornate designs of wooden doors and trusses
And of gods and idols made of stone
The alluring landscapes of terraced rice paddies
Serenity calms the mind as one absorbs the beauty of Bali.
The roaring sound of waves filled the air
As we hiked steep rocky heights
Torrent pummeled the earth below us
As the sun set magnificently
In a horizon of glowing colors
Of red, yellow and orange
Nature’s splendid display is eternally
At its finest on this hemisphere.
© Bing Yap [PinkLady] 2014
An exciting part of the trip was our rendezvous with the famous Ketut Liyer, medicine man of Bali who appeared in the movie “Eat Pray Love” with Julia Roberts.
A pocketful of sunshine and
Posted for Poetry Pantry #187.