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Cambodian Cote D'Azur

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Cambodian Cote D'Azur

“Cambodia is
Cambodia but not really
Cambodia.”
That’s what some say
As the years roll on
Forty years or so since Pol Pot and his pals posted
‘Year 0”, 
Sent the whole thing to the wash,
 And it came out 
Red.

So now I recline on
 Sun built beaches
Night into Day 
Sandwiched between gaggles of
 I-pod armed youth
Just escaped from a 
Lifelong sentence,
At least for a summer,
Dazzling at spectacle like
Fire girls twirling Prometheus though
 Black holes in moonlit nights
Starless
Sipping 
50 cent beer 
While the unmistakable drift of 
 Marijuana 
And Xanadu
Sifts my senses into 
 Now.

While on the hill
 There lies a Frenchman,
Freshly stabbed,
 Epee-like
By a speed crazed barmaid
On a pockmarked lane where 
Money meets desire
In the still born heat
Of an Asian night
Falling.


.

Which makes me reconnoiter
 Deadwood and Dodge
Earp and James 
When law went desperate
Beneath a hangman’s noose
And the certain pall 
Of afternoon death lay
Reeling
In the century or so since
The requiem. 


But can this be their
 Cote d’Azur as
 Newly dubbed Khmer warriors like
 Sable Palms 
 Surge skywards beside the
Sensual rhythm of 
Casuarina trees 
Purging the past to conjure
 Bygone glory a
Millennium or so ago
At a place just up the road named
 Angkor Wat
Soon to be renamed
Disneyland Cambodia?



Jeff Troyer (2009)	





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  1. Date: 10/24/2010 8:18:00 PM

    Most enjoyed reading through your excellent and cynical premise....completely agree~Chris