BY JAN HAAG

POETRY + ESSAYS + MUSIC + TRAVEL + FICTION + TEXTILE ART

INTRODUCTION + HAAG'S BIO





PI MAI/PHI MAI

5-22-00/11/22/01



This morning's NET says you don't exist.
One of those dreadful Microsoft-only systems
set up solely for e-commerce, it knows nothing
of history, art, literature, nothing of the world,
It denies other languages, Westernizes and Commerce-izes
Everything.

Your Importance, your immortality denied,
nonetheless, for an instant, I see you,
Phimai,
flashing in the background.
It seems you might exist in German.

And I remember.
The stones.
the grass green, straggly,
the jungle cut back
the mile-long corridors of chiseled stone
crossing at right angles,
the silence,
the loneliness,
the wondering
who built this and why?

I had the privilege of you,

Pi Mai
Loburi
Sukhothai
Ayuttaya
Ban Chaing

when I wander through Thailand,
a glimpse of your history
maybe 7,000 years older than mine.

I return to the NET
I find it

"Phimai is home to an ancient Khmer sanctuary. It predates the Angkor ruins of Cambodia
and is believed by some scholars to have been a model for them."

By October 22, 2001 this reference from BackpackAisa has disappeared from the NET, I'll find another.

Phimai Sanctuary by Peter J. Burns

Though written for the tourist, this tells some of Phimai's history -- toward the bottom.
The Net does not fail me.
Chenla is an early name for Cambodia.

PHIMAI








Copyright © 2001 Jan Haag
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

Jan Haag may be reached via e-mail: jhaag@u.washington.edu




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