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Tonlé Sap



Her great pulsating mother heart
impels a yearly still returning wonder
Her stream bears life up to a high plain
and flushes loads of dust to the sea

In her legends she is treasuring
-with crocodiles and dolphins tales-
the long lost Empire of Angkor

Now bearing fewer lives than once before
this mighty mother, she is suffering
from deluded people’s deeds
in this tragically collapsed land

But her womb, it has survived
the gruesome bleeding without end
She keeps providing for the needs.
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Submitted by ludy_b on October 23, 2021

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Ludy Bührs

The topics she writes about are very diverse, so are the poetry styles she applies. As a Dutch translator and poet, having lived in Cambodia's capital city Phnom Penh for 2.5 years, in 2008 she published "Op de ruïnes van een rijk" (On the Ruins of an Empire) ISBN 978-90-8834-483-1 with 60 poems based on her experiences there. In 2007 she received a Certificate of Accomplishment as one of The Best Poems and Poets of 2007 issued by poetry.com and the International Library of Poetry for her poem Choked Truth, her own translation of "Verstikte waarheid", one of the poems in the book. Born in 1956, she still works as an independent translator, translating from English into Dutch. more…

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