Sue Guiney's Introductory Post - contains important links
My Q and A with Dana Hui Lim author of Mother and the Tiger- A Memoir of the Killing Fields. - essential background information
Soupie, like all the work shop participants, is just starting to learn English. Unlike European languages, the structure and grammer of the Khmer language does not share Latin roots with English, making it very hard to master. The two languages do not share a common alphabet and Khmer is written from left to right.
My thanks to Soupie, a pen name to protect her privacy, for allowing me to share this very moving poem with my readers. You can see the recurring images of forests.
I want to go to England
Because I like to travel
Because I like to work in another country
England has a lot of people
England has four seasons
At night the weather sometimes is cold
I like to live in a hot country but I want to feel cold
like in England
Before I travel I can’t sleep. I am scared.
But when I travel I think I will feel
Happy to see a new place
Sad maybe to see a fire in a forest
Pity if I see people who don’t have houses
Excited to see a beautiful forest
I like to travel to new countries
Soupie, age 15 - we have neither bio data or a photograph of Soupie but I think we can discern an innate goodness and curiosity in her moving poem.