[lit-ideas] Neighbors

  • From: Robert Paul <rpaul@xxxxxxxx>
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sun, 18 Jul 2010 15:52:33 -0700


The Khmer children in the next yard are watering tomatoes;
a tiny woman sits on the back steps, watching, cleaning
a black K-54 Tokarev replica, with a pale blue cloth
with dark flowers on it.

'It is for years in the family,'' she says.
'My ta carried it on the outskirts of Phnom Penh,
which he was too enlightened to enter at the time,
the time of the battle with the yuon,
who brought such happiness to the land
of the Great Ibis.'

The children spray her with the hose as if by accident.
Everyone screams with delight.

Robert Paul

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