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Tiger Temple

                         Late September-boarded a Boeing tripple seven
                                   A life long dream has come true
                           Im on my way to Thailand-my holiday heaven

                               Peaceful and quiet people I met there
                                 Smiling faces-no matter how poor
                       Buddha seems to make them happy-they really care

                           Riding the elephants was a bit scary though
                              Slow and shaky walk made me seasick
                                       Threatens my belly to blow

                              Mr Joey the driver-everlasting smiles
                             Takes me westbound to Kanchanaburi
                          Dozed off I did-the drive lasted many miles

                       Kanchanaburi we arrived-home of the Tiger Temple
                        Walking and cuddling with these beautiful beasts
                                I prayed they would treat me gentle

                                   Walking with a tiger on a leash
                        Try to keep my calm-stiff look into the camera
                     Hopefully no anger my four legged bud would unleash

                                 Finally made my way back home
                                 The Tiger Temple I had survived
                    And Im here writing-not a single hair they did chrome

5th January 2012

Guess it is fair to say that this has been my greatest holiday,ever! I saw a documentary on Discovery Channel two years ago,about munks living together with tigers in Kanchanaburi,Thailand.It just amazed me to the fullest-living peacefully with these beautiful beasts..,wow factor all over it!
Then in september 2011,we set course for Hua Hin,Thailand,-roughly 2hr drive south of Bangkok.(Rented a wonderful house there at Natural At one of the local tourist information offices,we found brochures of the Tiger Temple.Had Mr Joey,the everlasting smiler-driving to this unique temple.Spent the day out there,and what a magnificent experience! My puls went up a few notches as I mingled with the tigers,sitting on the ground with their head resting on my lap and cuddle with them.A mixture of fear,respect and admiration..All this combined with the lovely spirit of the Thai people: Amazing!!

Do some google about that tiger temple guys! Awesome pictures is to be found:)

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  1. Date: 1/30/2012 3:22:00 PM
    Beautiful the way you describe the Thai people. Jeff

  1. Date: 1/30/2012 3:21:00 PM
    Yes-Thai people are wonderful. Enjoyed everything here in your verse! So accurate on Thailand Jeff

  1. Date: 1/30/2012 11:28:00 AM
    Great write love the feel of words

  1. Date: 1/27/2012 8:20:00 PM
    Returning to this one in which you discussed one of your best holidays of all time. Nice seeing you today on Soup!

  1. Date: 1/27/2012 5:57:00 AM
    I want to see a poem on the elephant and the tiger experiences..

  1. Date: 1/27/2012 5:56:00 AM
    I am still freaking out that a tiger placed his head upon your lap...ARE U CRAZY, MATEY!??? ha ha. I really enjoyed this write of yours, Arild..such poetic expressions stirred in with your travel commentary..I learned so much...Can't wait for our trip to Graceland..I can have the hubby bring a stuffed animal of a Bengal tiger. He can share your spot of tea.ha ha. J.K. Wonderful. Gwendolen

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    Date: 1/27/2012 1:32:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Yeah! Bring out that stuffed Bengal Tiger,we could hang out in tha`jungle room over at Graceland!lol
  1. Date: 1/10/2012 11:50:00 PM
    Hello, Again...Arlid... first i want to ask if you are or maybe i read your comment wrong... about your poem.. a very interesting event, and folks...... a very wonderful poem.. Thank you for sharing your awesome poem. Take care and have yourself a good night ;-) always,..p.d.

  1. Date: 1/10/2012 3:19:00 PM
    a very fortunate event. T. S.

  1. Date: 1/10/2012 1:27:00 PM
    Thank you Arild for your kind comment. Wow, you must have enjoyed that Tiger Temple. What a fabulous experience! My favorite holiday was in Switzerland up the top of a mountain when it was snowing, but yours was very unique. Have been to Thailand, but didn't see the Tiger Temple. God bless, M :)

  1. Date: 1/9/2012 5:28:00 AM
    Nice one liked it.........spandan.

  1. Date: 1/8/2012 1:25:00 PM
    Love the poem and the comentary. A grand adventure for sure. Thanks for sharing.

  1. Date: 1/7/2012 6:27:00 PM
    wonderful exciting write Arild.. a grand journey.. excellent visuals.. thankxx for kind comments on my poetry and appreciate well wishes too luv..

  1. Date: 1/7/2012 3:05:00 PM
    What a great experience. I'm happy you had a wonderful time. It is such a joy to visit new places and you described it very well.

  1. Date: 1/7/2012 2:56:00 PM
    Thank you for sharing your experience with us, Arild. I will never make it to Thailand. Your poetic account of your adventure is written well.

  1. Date: 1/7/2012 2:19:00 PM
    I am so glad you had a great time! I am also glad you found inspiration and interest to create such a descriptive and exciting verse such as this. I'm definably googling this. Always, Laura

  1. Date: 1/7/2012 2:07:00 PM
    Sounds wonderful, Arild. Just to get away. You've heard of drive-by shootings? We had a walk-by shooting on my block the other day. Maybe I told you. Anywho - there are places that can change one's perspective, as you've written. Great adventure. Love, daver

  1. Date: 1/7/2012 3:47:00 AM
    That is fantastic- I am so concerned about the tiger population at least here there seems to be some respect and sanctuary. Nice poem a fun read, Thank you, Brenda : )

  1. Date: 1/6/2012 10:19:00 PM
    Yes, it sounds truly amazing. This is the kind of vacation one dreams about!

  1. Date: 1/6/2012 5:24:00 PM
    Reads like a wonderful vacation..I don't think that I would be brave enough to get close to a large cat for I have been hurt by my domesticated ones bad enough..Enjoyed reading..Your kind review of my work was uplifting.I did ride on an elephant once..That was fear mixed with excitement..Those are very large animals..Sara

  1. Date: 1/6/2012 3:21:00 PM
    I can see that you have had an adventurous journy Arild. - :)oxox love Anne-Lise