Koh Thmei Resort: Island Holiday Haikus

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Koh Thmei (New Island) is definitely one of my favourite places in Cambodia. Whenever we need a break from the chaos of Phnom Penh this is where we go – Koh Thmei is small and quiet (not a party island like Koh Rong and others). It’s the perfect place for reading and writing (I’m hoping to organise a writing retreat here some time in the new year). If you’re living in Phnom Penh, or just travelling and wanting to experience a different, more relaxed side of the country, Koh Thmei is the place to go. For more details see this link to my blog post from 2011, and the Koh Thmei website here.

There’s something about being on an island holiday – particularly at Koh Thmei – that makes me want to write haikus. Below are a few of my favourites written while at Koh Thmei in April and October this year:

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Here there is nothing

Going on, but at the same

Time everything is.

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The water is smooth

Even when it ripples it

Doesn’t really move.

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Beach dog dogs are the

Happiest of all the dogs

And the most sandy.

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Crabs scurry sideways

They can’t do anything else

But scurry and hide.

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At the boat a girl

Says You can’t eat the small fish

Says ‘Dtrey toich ot baan.’

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I wanted to swim

But with the storm coming in

I think I will wait.

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Hammock swaying is

The best kind of swaying that

I ever swayed.

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Lizards everywhere

Like stop-motion video

Dart-stop-dart-stop-dart.

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The ponies come home

At dusk; they know it is time

To file off to bed.

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There are boats on the

Horizon, flares of glowing

Light, fire on the sea.

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Last night toad on the

Sand. Andrew wonders if it

Might be a good trip.

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It’s hard to decide

Which swim will be the last swim

Before you get dressed.

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