WHITE GIRL S.E.ASIA LEG
The impression in Thailand, Laos, Cambodia,
was Slim Buddha sits, gold-leafed, in every
temple. Whilst in China and Vietnam
Fat Buddha held sway, if anything the more
perfect for it. And sometimes repose would be
for Buddha only. Don’t “sit” here please
one temple stipulated, with
an easy mastery of post-modern layering.
More solicitous in outreach was
the Bangkok Royal Palace sign Do not
trust wily strangers. Spoken as if
already squatting down alongside,
arm round shoulder, but so not wily. Rather
intimate again, but less wordy,
a local woman’s opener on the beach.
Fingerpoint-straight, she said ‘Hairy’. ie
your legs (no Buddha’s) could do with the
depilatory arts of a ‘threader’ like her.