My Watch Still Works

October 19, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

I was searching through (virtual) stacks of photos in my library as a small favor to a student I worked with and I realized (rather revived) my love for Thailand and the culture. My reinstated and reenergized faith in the South East region of Asia gets me excited for the next season. Throughout my stay I encountered many beautiful moments that summoned a new appreciation for life. 

A poem from my stay:

 

Now that you've got to witness
   the mission and prerogative of Rustic business
I want you to think to yourself...
   how will I make a difference?
 

The feeling is gripping
   but the outcome is lifting,
like a smiling child in a language unknown
or a heartbeat produced from a love poem.
What will you do?
   In the matter of a few days
 Rustic presents service efforts in a variety of ways.

  Thai-down your judgements
release your reservations
come to a foreign nation 
  and embrace the "land of smiles."
Welcome Home hugs and "kaup cum kraup"
   teach little ones to Bob and Float so that we can stop
  the mistakes of drowning. 
The vast rice fields surrounding our base
pay homage to this beautiful place.
Students will Teach and Tutor to give Thai students an English future.
Make a change while there's a Language Exchange!

While we plant rice to yield the cash crop of Thailand's fields.
Assisting farmers, not becoming a bother 
    like the ants and the bees.
But before we get to Rustic ties 
  and faster than you can say
"swaddee kraup"
we will see filled bellies from
Meals on Flip-Flops.
Life seems so sweet and simple
when the peaceful words bless you
from the monks in the Buddhist temple.
And the colors and traditional statues
make everything seem all right.
You learn and appreciate more 
once you do your part in Buddhist Life.

Yes, its "so rustic," but this pathway
 is the one to take,
it requires a little work,
   we put our Hands in the Dirt.
but what we see is beauty pouring out from the heart
So I ask you again...
   how will you make a difference?
    How will you do your part?  


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