A Siam Puzzle Box: Bangkok Rocks

Bangkok: A Poem

Gawd, but we don’t need another blog post about Bangkok. Like the top ten tourist traps to visit; or the top ten restaurants that you’ll never find, let alone eat at; or you gotta see Wat Arun and the Grand Palace. Enough! So I wrote a poem instead. Enjoy.


dazzle frazzle, baffle boggle
rabid morning turns starless night
naughty, bawdy, smoggy, haughty
a frothing fuddle of beauty & blight

afflicted, addicted, unrestricted
a fevered nirvana of ruckus & roar
rude, lewd, always misconstrued
a wild dystopia to its tropical core

erotic hypnotic narcotic frolic
passion fruit sweets & taboo bites
temptation, flirtation, no moderation
opium dreams of ladyboy nights

swarming, warming, thunder forming
spurting squirting blurting rain
a wild fandango mango tango
gobs of mobs gone splendidly insane

please indulge her vulture culture
breathe this burning churning craze
sexy smexy, fleshy messy
monks muddle through a moral maze

a pad Thai stir fry lychee lullaby
frenzy fueled by fish sauce drizzle
spicy seditious, so delicious
street woks smoke, sear & sizzle

fatal attraction, green curry action
the Temple of Dawn madness mocks
alienation mutation to jubilation
a Siam puzzle box, Bangkok rocks.

For more poetry go to these blog posts:
My Heart Belongs to Sukothai
The Elephants of Old Siam: A Children’s Poem


  1. Dear Jeff,

    I’m in an emergency, I need your advice.My friends are on holiday in Phatong, i need a reliable silk source. I know there’s Jim Thompson in Le Meridien, but it’s overpriced. Do you have any idea where to send them? ASAP: Esther (and merry christmas 🙂 )

    • Merry Christmas Someone,

      Christmas at Patong Beach, Phuket-sounds great. Unfortunately, southern Thailand does not have a Thai silk tradition. I’m not even sure that Thai silk shops exist in Phuket. Jim Thompson may be the best place for Thai silk in Phuket. At least you’ll be sure what you’re buying is authentic Thai silk. I shop Jim Thompson now and then, and their prices are a little high because you’re buying their label. But what a label it is! Jim Thompson really was the “Thai Silk King”.

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