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Communicate, They Say

Communicate, They Say 16-1 Cambodia Muse 4/13/04 2:55 PM Page 1 SOTH POLIN It lasted for months. For months. Like a huge whirlwind in my head. I was hunted, persecuted. Some images came back repeatedly, suffocating my soul in an obsessive spiral. I saw…I saw mountains, many mountains, then, like a jewel case, a dense forest, a long necklace of intense green…I saw water stream out of the summits only to plummet in a radiance of light…I saw thousands of sprays of foam shimmer in the sun: I saw white, pure white, gleaming. I saw blues, reds, and then yellows…I saw a whole fauna breathing simultaneously in small groups: tigers, rhinoceros, and herds of axis, gaur, and wild zebra…I saw myriad birds filling the air with their beating wings, an explosion of color and piercing cries…Finally— and this was the most penetrating image—I saw in the distance, along the gorges that cut the flank of the mountains…the Khmer empire…at the apex of its glory and power…I saw the temple at Angkor dominating in all its splendor the city of Siem Reap, the royal capital, where almost two mil- lion souls were living…I saw the intrepid Khmer army come out of the temple http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Manoa University of Hawai'I Press

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16-1 Cambodia Muse 4/13/04 2:55 PM Page 1 SOTH POLIN It lasted for months. For months. Like a huge whirlwind in my head. I was hunted, persecuted. Some images came back repeatedly, suffocating my soul in an obsessive spiral. I saw…I saw mountains, many mountains, then, like a jewel case, a dense forest, a long necklace of intense green…I saw water stream out of the summits only to plummet in a radiance of light…I saw thousands of sprays of foam shimmer in the sun: I saw white, pure white, gleaming. I saw blues, reds, and then yellows…I saw a whole fauna breathing simultaneously in small groups: tigers, rhinoceros, and herds of axis, gaur, and wild zebra…I saw myriad birds filling the air with their beating wings, an explosion of color and piercing cries…Finally— and this was the most penetrating image—I saw in the distance, along the gorges that cut the flank of the mountains…the Khmer empire…at the apex of its glory and power…I saw the temple at Angkor dominating in all its splendor the city of Siem Reap, the royal capital, where almost two mil- lion souls were living…I saw the intrepid Khmer army come out of the temple

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ManoaUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Apr 30, 2004

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