Solutions – a poem by Victoria Crawford


To solve the problems of the world,
a sunset robed monk,
a dress-by-guess artist,
and talkative philosopher,
three friends sit in the restaurant garden
over wine, dinner, and coffee.
Voices spiral through the points
of the compass rose
and entwine the geographies
of speculation
and the human condition,
voyage to Esoterica.

Delicacy of ferns
and silver bamboo leaves
climb the grotto wall
where the stream chuckles
at diners and
a lone frog croaks truth
solving the problems of the world.


American poet Victoria Crawford has lived in various Asian countries and now calls Thailand home. Her poems have appeared in Samsara, Time of Singing, Parousia, Braided Way, Heart of Flesh, and other journals.

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