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Poem: A Mother's Words from the Countryside

Mothers in the countryside are very worried about their sons who are studying in

town.

Sons, you have to work hard to reward the good deeds of your parents. And after finishing

your studies, use your knowledge to serve the nation.

Do not act as playboys. You have to pity your poor parents and think before spending

money.

Do not drive your cars and motorbikes, making so much noise because it bothers other

people.

If you drive, you have to drive straightforwardly. Do not zigzag along the way, hoping

to get admiration from others. If you die, you have to die alone, quietly. Do not

be a burden to others.

We got this news from black crows telling us. You must not want to sleep in a coffin

or crematorium. Please pity your family and relatives.

This is the news that your mothers send from the countryside. You have to keep it

in your mind.

- Marng Kimleap, Student of the Technical School From "People's Police,"

Friday, Aug. 7, 1992

(Translated by Chhean Nariddh)

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