Sunday, August 28, 2011

Magpie 80


Christopher Shay, Photographer
'Red Umbrella'


Midnight in Bangkok
Dirty steamy streets
 Camouflaged doors
Where deals are done, bargains struck
Head down, quickly walk away
With your precious stash of hash
Tucked inside that tiny scarlet bag
Smoke it
Blow it
Get on with it
It's your life
You'll need that red umbrella
For rainy nights in Bangkok






28 comments:

  1. well now...a little seedy side town there...but you are right, it is their life...i wonder who waits at home though while they walk in the rain...

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  2. Atmospheric write...great take...

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  3. Yeah, fits the image. Wonderful write. Sounds of Gingsberg.

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  4. I love this! I'm jealous that I didn't write it :)

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  5. and all the time I thought we were in Mexico.
    But I have been to the back streets of Bangkok too.
    rel

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  6. lovely build up for the tale.

    enjoyed it.
    thanks for sharing.

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  7. For some reason, the last two lines really appeal to me. The rhythm, or something I can't identify, tugs at me.
    — K

    Kay, Alberta, Canada
    An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

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  8. I've been in Bangkok! Your poem lives.

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  9. I like the theme. That sounds odd. I like that you had a theme. But I do like that particular theme being coupled with Bangkok. Reminds me of an old Rush song.

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  10. I adore seediness. This evoked it very well.

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  11. This image brought out the best in you bringing out some of the worst and best of life in the city! Great, Helen.

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  12. You and I must be in sync. I am woring on a poem that is dealing with similar subject matter. I love what you did with this.

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  13. So graphic... you must have been there!

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  14. camaflaged doors, excellent. I like what you did with the photographs too:)

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  15. For rainy nights in Bangkok, you may need more than an umbrella.:-)

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  16. oh Helen very nice I like your use of the many photos

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  17. Oh dear.....so that's what that red headed-soup eating girl is selling............!
    lol

    Thanks for the positive words.

    Keep Writing!
    ~Mimi
    www.collagepirate.blogspot.com

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  18. Helen, that was fab and I loved the picture format! One of my friends plays drums in a Bangkok band and says an umbrella (and a red bag probably!) is a must....!! Seedy indeedy!

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  19. Good one! You reminded me of many rainy nights and days in Bangkok. Never will I forget that I didn't need an umbrella when I walked the flooded streets, water to my thighs, in the dirty streets during monsoon season.

    Ah, those were the days, indeed!

    Rick

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  20. Rick, sounds like a tune we can hum,
    The Bangkok Dirty Water Blues; a poem
    perhaps. My youngest daughter just
    returned from Bangkok, and loved it,
    but she was with a college tour group,
    so was probably insulated from the
    seediness.

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  21. I like your setting and it's definitely an Asian street, isn't it?
    And in Bangkok, none would blink an eye at a red bag full of hash...

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  22. Who knows what goes on behind camouflaged doors? So atmospheric--you could cut it. Well done--thank you.

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  23. I adored this. Great, imagination and yes, he will need that umbrella to hide under ...or sleep under. You are awesome!

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