How to Extend Your Visa

Satirical poem set in Chiang Mai

JLO
JLO
Feb 17 · 1 min read
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you pitch up at immigration with a bag of salted peas and
leave
one bottle of chilled water in your room;
you clutch six photos of you looking like a heroin addict
and talk faux French to the guy sitting next to you
and he says: so, you are alone?
and you say: sometimes
and he says: so, you are writing a book?
and you say: sometimes
and you stare at retired ex-pats in tired suit trousers
and hippy travellers in voluminous elephant print trousers
and bossy tourists in tight heat-tech trousers
and a goggle-eyed Eurasian baby stares knowingly at you
and your email says: apartment delayed until Feb 5th
and you pop peas and sweat until your dress is see through
and the rubber stamped leave with their thumbs up
and the red-stickered stay with their eyes down
and your passport says: visa extended until Feb 5th
and the Frenchman fakes a frown
and you decide you are not a ‘morning person’ and
leave
one salted pea under your plastic chair.

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