That Old Asian Feeling in Central Iowa (a poem)

Vedic Hindu Temple in Iowa
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That Old Asian Feeling (A Poem)

Driving north toward Ames,

we happened to espy a Hindu

temple surrounded by rows

of corn on a hot September day.

A high white tower, laced with

dancing Hindu gods, rose up

into a bright blue cloudless sky.

Not wanting to miss this chance,

we pulled into a small parking

lot amid the sound of buzzing

cicadas and entered the temple,

first removing shoes and

then walking slowly into the

great prayer room where a

shirtless monk chanted and

splashed an elephant figurine

with purifying clear cold water.

His chants echoed back and forth

within the very ornate prayer hall,

and for a moment I thought I was

back in eastern Asia, kneeling

on a tatami mat floor and smelling

rising incense releasing all tension.


This Temple is just above Des Moines in the Des Moines River Valley off Route 17

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Hello, hello, 5 years ago from London, UK

That was a wonderful poem and a mastpiece. Thank you for giving the joy of reading it.


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juneaukid 5 years ago from Denver, Colorado Author

Thank you, Hello,hello!


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

What a marvelous poem this is! And what a marvelous gift you have. Thank you so very much for sharing this with me. I love it!


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juneaukid 5 years ago from Denver, Colorado Author

Thank you, vocal coach! I appreciate it.

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