Lee Crowell

Rookie - 0 Points (06 14 1953 / Pocono Mountains)

Cambodia - Poem by Lee Crowell

I dream of Cambodia
of white tusked elephants
plodding through your plains
of tigers and panthers lurking regal in green leaved brush
among blazing colored birds
exotic as can be conceived
I dream of coned shaped towers atop Angkor Wat
greatest temple in the world
home for all Khmer
the refuge of the people

Cambodia, Cambodia
let me taste from the bowl of your sweetest rice
and relish the fruits of your land
I dream of a walk under your monsoon sky
and I drink the soul of your rains
while the Cambodian tears gently pelt
the numbers to the ground

and I dream of the many numbers
of those who were cut down
of those who were denied their lives
of the expressions of confusion
and the need to understand
the unfolding
the inexplicable Cambodian tragedy

I dream of Cambodia
of life beyond 'brother number one'
the quarter of your brothers and sisters discarded
I am on my knees
and I feel the warmth of trust
renewed in your land
home of the great Khmer


Comments about Cambodia by Lee Crowell

  • (6/1/2009 8:23:00 AM)

    In my younger days, my friends used to dream likewise [with some changes] about the USA..the land of opportunities..Ah, how time flies! ! But, yes...about you and Cambodia..well written piece..nicely done. Wistfully memorable.
    Cheers.
    Subroto
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  • (4/14/2009 5:50:00 PM)

    Beautifully written. It is very good. (Report)Reply

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  • (3/27/2009 12:30:00 AM)

    Love the flow of this poem...
    You penned it with full of love...
    Nice work...
    ^-^
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  • (3/25/2009 10:53:00 AM)

    I think this poem is beautiful.

    Every time I read your name I grin. Voyeur.
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  • (3/25/2009 10:52:00 AM)

    I think this poem is beautiful.

    Every time I read your name I grin. Voyeur.
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  • Breanni Sharon Mcduffey (3/25/2009 1:18:00 AM)

    I LOVE THE ENERGY OF THE POEM AND MY FAVORITE PART IS WHEN YOU SAID I DREAM A CAMBODIA OF WHITE TUSKED ELEPHANTS PLODDING THROUGH THE PLAINS THIS POEM IS WONDERFUL I LOVE IT (Report)Reply

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  • (3/23/2009 8:49:00 PM)

    I was in Cambodia during the war. A lovely but tragic place. I liked your thought process with this one. (Report)Reply

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  • (3/17/2009 11:15:00 PM)

    We need more who dare to dream of life's unpleasant experiences and see the beauty that could and should have been. Your work is splendid and heart moving. Bravo for your sharing and good job! ! ! ! (Report)Reply

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  • (3/17/2009 9:22:00 PM)

    You translate the essence of sorrow with dignity and grace. This is a very
    moving piece. Ten for your eloquence.

    Kind regards,

    Sandra
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  • Victor Sklyarov (3/17/2009 3:10:00 PM)

    It is great poem. You've managed to reveal the beauty and tragedy of this country and its people.10+ (Report)Reply

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  • (3/17/2009 12:49:00 PM)

    quite emotional and touching.........
    rgrds/salu
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  • (3/17/2009 8:43:00 AM)

    Written with much depth and emotion and with so much imagery... Very colorfull and touching actually.... Very nicley done..... (Report)Reply

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  • (3/17/2009 5:18:00 AM)

    hmmm, interesting write
    very
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  • (3/17/2009 3:08:00 AM)

    A deeply empathetic sense of wounded humanity trickling from within your endearing words that do not fail to capture the intrinsic beauty of the country of the Khmer. Well done! (Report)Reply

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  • (3/17/2009 12:31:00 AM)

    well written and carries the sorrow I'm sure many a cambodian is burdened by (Report)Reply

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  • (3/16/2009 5:52:00 PM)

    Cambodia! a land of beautiful minds with sturggles and beauty. Beautiful poem. (Report)Reply

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  • Evaughn Gray (3/16/2009 5:49:00 PM)

    this poem is very moving for me.. the trails and tribulations of the Cambodian people..this is a very heart warming piece.. i give applause. ~ Hazel G.E (Report)Reply

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  • PERSIAN NIGHTINGALE (3/16/2009 12:54:00 PM)

    so beautiful, well penned, thanks for sharing (Report)Reply

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  • Sathyanarayana M V S (3/16/2009 11:31:00 AM)

    Starts with beautiful imagery, description of Cambodia and takes to the naked reality of sorrow and pain. Very well written. (Report)Reply

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  • (3/16/2009 6:52:00 AM)

    A lovely poem! I had done a drawing of Angkor Wat temple last year! 10!
    - Raj Nandy
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Poem Submitted: Sunday, March 15, 2009

Poem Edited: Monday, March 16, 2009


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