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Cambodia Summer Program.

Morning Haze, Hard Questions, Moving Pictures

Morning Haze


The dogs gather

While the 60 year old adidas shorts

Take a hit of their morning buzz

In melody, dirt is pushed aside

Flowers slowly begin to rise

A constant alarm of roosters

Slowly brings its owners

Back from darkness

Now riding the orange silk road

The breath of a black dog

Repetitive but broken

A burning fire can be seen

At the tops of trees

What would be death

When I first walked

Is now life

A place of splendor it seems

And lost in confusion I open my eyes


Hard Questions

My first step off the plane flooded my head with questions. Questions I have asked myself before but now more pressing. People pass by me as we make our way to our first destination and all I can think about is the poverty. The questions I ask myself is, “how do you take a country out of poverty?” A question that would seem to have been answered by now but we are still miles from one. With this question piles on others such as, “Can you lift a country out of poverty? For some countries to be wealthy, do others have to be poor? Are these people happy?” This is just the beginning. I throw out answers to the crowd and all of them are rejected. I’m okay with the rejection because I know there is no single answer, and even if there was, I doubt I’d be the one to find it. I was lost in a haze of pessimism, thinking there was no way to fix corrupt government, end poverty, and make the people happy, but I found some peace on our hike today. As we were on our way to the waterfall, we saw Mr. Moor, the head of the village we were staying in. He was spending his afternoon picking up trash on the hiking trail. All I started to do was imagine politicians in America picking up trash. And I began to laugh. While Cambodia looks completely different than America in some ways, they also have a sense of community, compassion, and hospitality seen nowhere else in the world. So to be totally honest, I doubt some 17 year old high school student or any other outsider to what I have experienced to be the most hospitable and loving country will be able to fix their biggest problems. I believe the people of this country can solve any problem they face. Although it may take some time to solve their problems of poverty, their love for each other and their country will show them the way to a better Cambodia.


Moving Pictures


Riding the bull

A son hides his face

The world slips by

And at a distance

It’s wasted away

The trail interrupted

In water. Inconvenience

For us. A playground for them

The wheels roll in conjunction

With passing hellos

A son shows his face

The world slips by

And at a distance

It’s wasted away