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Home Sweet Home Again

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In Eden | Amy L. Doeun

The placenta may be the soul’s jacket
but in Cambodia feet
still walk
still run from ancestral homes.

Mahk and Bpa used to live in Eden
now Eden has become a casino
an ending of home
an antithesis of home.

I don’t want to be eaten by
rats while I sleep.

Why do they bite dad
so much
when he sleeps the troubled
sleep of fathers with children
who have no place safe to lay
their heads.

I have always been fond of willows
weeping, weeping willow trees.

When I buy a home I will plant one.
Mahk and Bpa will come
and sit under the shower of nature
weeping.
While my baby moves in its first
home, wondering where its feet
will first touch the ground.