Sunset at Khlong Wat Dan Slum

Sunset at Khlong Wat Dan Slum Blog, Philosophy, Southeast Asia, Thailand
October 31, 2012

Streets of Bangkok, dusty beyond belief, with the acidic foul smog created by thousands of moving vehicles and impatient drivers. Stifling, this horrible urban machinery, a twisted form of necessity for development.

Bangkok, the pride and joy of modern Thailand, a city filled with glory, history, revolution and bloodshed.

Times have changed, governments and military coups have appeared and imploded, this horrid legacy of a growing population that seeks to bend the region with its influence and yet maintain the cultural uniqueness.

Of all, the shaping of a nation, or government, is determined by the marginalized and poor, whether those of Thai origins or refugee; matters not, regardless… Life is shaped by hardship and perseverance. The urban poor walk the streets, uncountable, too numerous for a sane mind to digest.

My feet, cracked and dry. Thin sheet of dust, dirt and sweat makes my tired face seem ghastly. I grow weary, this body seems to have reached the limit.

I’m suddenly surrounded by a dozen street kids, from the nearby canal-slum community, my steps grow rapid on the uneven ground. I seek to see what these young eyes have seen many times before. The sunset, that burning orb that descends with an infinite lethargic dip.  A sunset, me, under the mighty bridge, waiting for that breeze to sooth my limbs and remind me that I am not finished with this journey.

The Slum of Khlong Wat Dan keeps me in this cooling blanket of calm and thought.


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