Friday, May 22, 2009

A hint of sweet incense....

Sleepily the Indian Ocean awakes
to the touch of the rising sun.
Embracing the still morning air
Hints of sweet incense.

At every house
Holy Hindu temples
Guide and protect.

Daily offerings are made.
Daily blessings are bestowed.

Small as a single cement pillar,
Large as a family courtyard.
Simple as a small cement chair,
Elaborate as thatch roofed wooden huts.

Smiling stone mythological faces
Transcend the past into the future.
All the while observing
As daily offerings of
Food, flowers and incense
Are offered to...
The gods.
The ancestors.

Daily rituals of Balinese life.
Sacred rituals to live by.

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