She was the first Englishwoman
I had ever met,
and it seemed to me she knew more
about the world than anyone,
but it was a world Siam
was afraid would consume them.
The monsoon winds had whispered
her arrival like a coming storm.
Some welcomed the rain,
but others feared a raging flood.
Still, she came,
unaware of the suspicion
that preceded her.
But it wasn't until years later that I
began to appreciation how brave she was.