An air-conditioned taxi ride
Past volcanoes to the northern side
Lush rice paddies, bikes in droves
Coconut and banana groves.
Rickety wayside stalls abound
Mangoes and rambutans astound
Melons, mangosteens and flies
Provide a rich feast for the eyes.
Intrepid travellers long ago
Bathed in Bali's spice-filled glow
Sacks of rice, live chicken vans
Humidity conquered by huge fans...
Dignified poverty wreathed in smiles
No tourists can be seen for miles
Wood carvings show the craftsman's skill
The infinity pool - a total thrill!
At midnight under a full moon
Long splashes write a happy tune
The ripples cause our cares to fray
In the timeless wonder of the spray ...
© Poet in the woods 2015