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Entry #4 - Bali Dream Holiday Contest

The Fourth Bali Dream Holiday Entry. A poem and a painting from a reader in Queensland, Australia.


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(12/4/2005)

Pamela Hardy of Jindalee, Queensland, Australia, pamhardy@bigpond.net.au, is this week's featured entry in the Bali Dream Holiday Contest. You have until the end of April to send your description of what you think a perfect dream holiday in Bali would be like and you might just win 2 tickets on Singapore Airlines, 7 nights at the Fours Seasons Private Estates Bali at Jimbaran Bay, tours and transfers from Bali Discovery Tours, rafting and cycling excursions from Sobek, luxurious spa treatments from Mandara Spa, a helicopter tour from Air Bali, and Cooking Lessons from Bumbu Bali/Rumah Bali.

Entry's are welcome in any format, but Pamela has sent Bali Update both a poem and a painting.

Bali Dreaming

Wayan Made Nyoman Ketut
when speaking of gender
what prefix is put?
Ni is for females
Ida for men
it is so useful to know
what to use when.

In this land of volcanoes
adat always decrees
how the naming of children
in Bali will be.

Wayan Made Nyoman Ketut
which merely are numbers
one through to four
don't worry though
if you can't comprehend
say teman to all
call everyone friend.


Chattering chattering chattering
noises so faint
drawing nearer
rising lowering louder now clear
Kecak! Kecak! Kecak!
issues forth in a thunderous union.

In the black indigo night
there's a bright shining light
around it sit circles of men
their bare torsos are gleaming
and sweat forth is streaming
with hands outstretched and fingers that tremble
in the language of monkeys
sing Hanuman's tale.

The chanting is mighty
lauds battles and fighting
sweet Sinta and love that is loyal
reaching crescendo the night has surrendered
to a roar like the roar of the sea.

Now a serpentine melody
a bamboo flute trailing
its haunting notes wailing
the rhythm of gongs ring resounding
the magic of night's sweet embrace
as I walk on to Ubud
with fireflies lighting the way ...


The rhythm of the rain
beats upon my windowpane
reminding me of Bali
in my mind I see again
a little maiden and her brother
their banana leaf umbrella
brown skin all wet and gleaming
seeking shelter from a storm.

They stopped mid-flight
quite sudden
to discard their leafy cover
such joy of life and laughter
as they stamped about in puddles
dashing splashing in the rain.

The sweet perfume of flowers
the new wet smell of earth
the beauty of this moment never left me
never melted into time.

For the rhythm of the rain
beats upon my windowpane
Reminding me of Bali
and the little maid of Suradadi ...
The true beauty of Bali is a state of mind; expressed in an attitude of harmony.



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