Khmer Rouge- Off His Shoulder

Each summer season, they breathe good health
With sunny sky….fresh air…no fear…
But too soon it came…an explosion of bomb
That left villagers in fear…

Like a cheetah they rushed through forest…
Step on thorn, bark, and rocks…
Slit their skin…most were unknown…
The fear has taken…no pain were felt…

Bare foot they were…less clothe they wore
But was not that important…life was more
Bullet fly the air, bombs smoke the ground
Air filled with dust and dead body smell

Each angle spill flesh, such head and guts…
Arm, head and legs
detached from body part…

Not all escape from brutality
All were unlucky

Like a young boy
Were caught by devils
Beaten like hell
With fist and kicks

His body was worn
From such physical harm
They cut his head…off his shoulder
Left hanging far apart...

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Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

I know little about Khmer Rouge atrocities in Cambodia. Nepal too, was rocked with Communist insurgency. And I can so much relate this poem with "my emotions."


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chanroth 5 years ago from California, USA Author

Hi Vinaya, thank you. I too know little about the khmer rouge, but my parent tell me stories about it.


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Reynold Jay 5 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan

Yes-gruesome atrocities abound there. I mention this on oaccassion in my novels. I found I enjoyed this very much. You have this laid out beautifully and it is easy to understand. Keep up the great HUBS. I must give this an “Up ONE and awesome.” I'm always your fan! RJ

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chanroth 5 years ago from California, USA Author

Hi Reynold, I have read your hub about four week ago. I believe you missed the comment I post but your story was terrific! I love it! And thank you for a wonderful comment as usual! :0)


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VENZKHVAM 5 years ago from Milk way galaxy, trying to find a more adventurous place in another galaxy with my great followers

Chanroth,

It is truly horrible. I cant imagine aren't they humans to do this? How they could do this to another human. Are they manufactured with stone or metal heart?

Any way i feel very bad for them.

VOTED UP


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chanroth 5 years ago from California, USA Author

Hi Dinesh, I know it is horrible. I look at these people who do it as an inhuman! Very cruel and I agree, they are manufactured with stone or metal heart! Thank you! :)


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J.S.Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

Hey Chan! My wife lived through the Khmer Rouge (she'd kill me but she is 39 years old!). She was there and was lucky to be put in refugee camps. Some of her family were not that lucky! Kudos to you for posting this. I am working on a new Hub where I interview my wife and her family regarding the Khmer Rouge. She was able to get Refugee Status and was given citizenship to the US. Nice Hub!

Pu JSMatthew~


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homesteadbound 5 years ago from Texas

J.S. looking forward to reading it!


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chanroth 5 years ago from California, USA Author

Hi Uncle Matt, I was doing the same and writing about it. It would be so awesome to learn about your wife experience and compare to my parent experience. I want to know where she has gone through and learn a lot from her. I have heard many stories from my dad friend. He was talking about his wife after getting married for 3 month, the Khmer Rouge happen. They caught her and cut her stomach open in front of him, but he was able to escape from getting his head cut off. It is very interesting and I also met with this man who was the man that kill someone during the Khmer Rouge. I don't want to spoil the rest, but its getting interesting. Let me know if your done with the hub, I'm doing mine as well and hope we can learn from each other by that. Say hello to your wife!

Kmouy srey

Chan


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homesteadbound 5 years ago from Texas

Very nice hub and portraying a very bad time. It is indeed very sad. It is hard to believe that people can actually do this to each other... very hard to believe.


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J.S.Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

So many atrocities occurred during that time. Pol Pot was evil but his guerrilla fighters were even more brutal. I am looking forward to creating the Hub and will let you know when I publish it.

Pu JSMatthew~


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chanroth 5 years ago from California, USA Author

Hi homestead, I know it is hard to believe, I have pictures wanting to post to but hubpages won't let me because they say its mature content. It was a picture of a cambodian boy about 13 years old head chopped off. My dad told me he remember they chopped boys head off and play kick ball with it and use it as a stove to hold pots to cook food.


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chanroth 5 years ago from California, USA Author

Hi uncle Matt, you are right, pol pot was pure evil and it made me hate them more after hearing my parent story.

Kmouy srey

Chan


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ThoughtSandwiches 5 years ago from Reno, Nevada

Hi Chanroth...You have wonderfully captured a devastating time in Cambodia's history. I particularly like how you brought the reader to the 'killing fields' with such a minimum of words. Voted Up and beautiful (because it is the closest I could find to haunting). Great job!


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chanroth 5 years ago from California, USA Author

Hi ThoughtSandwiches, thank you! Yes it is one of a devastating moment in history for Cambodia! :)

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