Bonsai four years on

I started messing around with bonsais four years ago.  At the time, I guessed it would take me four or five years to have something decent to show.  Four years later, I see that I was wildly optimistic.  Still, the progress has been encouraging in places.  Like children, you need to take pictures every so… More Bonsai four years on

Daun Inai

Daun inai banyak getahnya, Ambil segenggam pewarna kuku, Wahai adik abang bertanya, Apa obat penawar rindu. Thick with sap run the henna’s leaves Take some in hand your nails for dying O young maiden, your lover asks you What salve is there to heal longing?   Gadis ditegus lalu dikenyit Baik perangai pandang tak jemu… More Daun Inai

Third Coffee

Coffee beans spread upon a tray Jasmine blooms on the ledge do rest I’ve been dreaming till break of day My sweetheart sleeping upon my chest “Buah kopi di atas loyang Kembang melati letak di bangku Saya bermimpi hampirkan siang Jantung hati tidur di pangku” Island South-east Asia produces a lot of coffee.  The word Java, now… More Third Coffee

Frangipanis

The earliest plants I have any memory of are my neighbor’s mulberry tree, and the frangipani in our front courtyard. The courtyard was of cement or maybe stone except for where the tree grew, against the high wall. What I remember most clearly is how the flowers looked after they had fallen from the tree… More Frangipanis