Search

Search form

Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Comment : No Entry for the Poet

Comment : No Entry for the Poet

Comment : No Entry for the Poet

Turn the poet away from the city gates, NO ENTRY,

Number of men keep the skies of their eyes open

forever careful, busy watchmen.

Somebody has brought the whispery news

the poet has reached the city limits,

Men are swirling around him

as he reads out from a green manuscript

in a resonant voice,

men fall enchanted like a child

mothers chant sons;

Men are stunned with joy,

as if after a long internment

they themselves suddenly in their own parlor;

Only one line is read but

thousands request are there

"please, please, please again."

No, not from the city gates

but from far, far off, send the poet away.

Not one of his words are allowed inside,

In his words men can see their own homes,

find peace;

What incantations is in his words

What words in his lex?

There is dirge-news in some quarters,

A few words like guerrillas have entered the main city.

The citizens wait intensely for them,

It has been heard

breaking the ban

the poet has entered the city.

- Translated by Afsan Chowdhury

RECOMMENDED STORIES

  • Breaking: PM says prominent human rights NGO ‘must close’

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has instructed the Interior Ministry to investigate the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR) and potentially close it “because they follow foreigners”, appearing to link the rights group to the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party's purported “revolution”. The CNRP - the

  • Rainsy and Sokha ‘would already be dead’: PM

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on Sunday appeared to suggest he would have assassinated opposition leaders Sam Rainsy and Kem Sokha had he known they were promising to “organise a new government” in the aftermath of the disputed 2013 national elections. In a clip from his speech

  • Massive ceremony at Angkor Wat will show ‘Cambodia not in anarchy’: PM

    Government officials, thousands of monks and Prime Minister Hun Sen himself will hold a massive prayer ceremony at Angkor Wat in early December to highlight the Kingdom’s continuing “peace, independence and political stability”, a spectacle observers said was designed to disguise the deterioration of

  • PM tells workers CNRP is to blame for any sanctions

    In a speech to workers yesterday, Prime Minister Hun Sen pinned the blame for any damage inflicted on Cambodia’s garment industry by potential economic sanctions squarely on the opposition party. “You must remember clearly that if the purchase orders are reduced, it is all