Honouring the Phantoms of Chiang Mai…


Can you hear our forefathers,

They’re the happiest tonight,

Listen carefully,

Shove your ears towards the sky,

You’ll be able to hear spirits whistle,

Soon, you’ll hear them sing,

Elated, they must be,

Getting dressed up,

Awaiting long lost attention,

Awaiting their paper chariots,

To float across the skies of Chiang Mai,

Up above the river Ping,

Like birds that they envy all the time,

Tonight they know, they’ll get to soar,

They’ll get to fly,

And, they’ll not be needing a pair of wings…


Exploited, peeved most of the time,

Unable to voice out against those stagnant stars,

Their insufficient light,

Against their monopoly in the sky,

They’re often, left in the dark,

Forgotten, forced  to hide behind clouds,

To ventilate their loneliness,

To digest this strange boycott and exist,

They’re often forced to cry,

They’ve gotten used to concealing their sorrows like this,

Accepted this, their fate post-life,

I guess, the reason,

They wait all year for this night,

For their only chance to dive,

Into nostalgia of their past, their human lives,

Those fun-filled moments on their feet,

Earthly celebrations,

Shiny smiles amidst shinier beams,

Busy days and flowery nights spent on their land,

Awaiting their blessings, now lit up bright…





(Based on the “Floating Lantern Festival, Yi Peng, celebrated in Chiang Mai, Thailand. For more on the same, visit :





7 thoughts on “Honouring the Phantoms of Chiang Mai…

  1. Good job. Their intentions bringing worldwide democracy without their mistakes are coming true. They may have made mistakes they all paid for in one way or another but their intentions of democracy will be what preserves now. That positive humanity has always known. It is what all always wanted.

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