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

MOST VIEWED

  • Ministers to tackle sea pollutants

    Preah Sihanouk provincial authorities and members of local communities have collected 77 tonnes of water hyacinth at a Sihanoukville beach, Preah Sihanouk Provincial Hall spokesperson Or Saroeun said. He told The Post yesterday that the aquatic weeds had been floating along some of the province’s

  • Negotiations on EBA being held

    In an effort to defuse tensions, a senior government official said Cambodia is negotiating with the European Union (EU) on the Everything But Arms (EBA) trade deal, which allows the Kingdom to export goods to the 28-member bloc tariff-free. The EU notified Cambodia on October 5

  • Chinese police escort deported scam suspects

    Ninety-one Chinese nationals accused of extorting money from victims in a Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) scam were deported from Phnom Penh International Airport on Monday under the escort of 182 Chinese police personnel. General Department of Immigration head of investigations Ouk Hay Seila told reporters

  • ‘Do not harm Cambodians’, says PM’s son to opposition

    Prime Minister Hun Sen’s eldest son Hun Manet said on Sunday that the Kingdom would not bow to international pressure, and accused some Western countries of siding with opposition politicians who hold dual citizenship to exert pressure on Cambodia. The remarks were made after