Soriya

photo source: David Williamson

Soriya, a gifted music teacher, begins to play. Graceful fingers brush gently across the strings. Everyone turns to listen. The harp sounding like instrument tames the crowd in the Killing Fields Museum room. A dark hair, robust eight-year-old boy notices tears flowing down Soriya‘s face. He runs over and whispers, “Why do you cry, mama?”

music flows within
harmony centers the heart
draws us together

The crowd applause her soothing performance. Soriya brushes the tears away, smiles at her son and replies, “For so many reasons, dear. Sometimes they are happiness tears like that of a tourist finding entertainment with a revival of cultural music. Other times my broken heart weeps over the tragic Cambodian genocide. Three million people obliterated from the face of the earth in three years and the rest of the world, for the most part, remained clueless. I cry for them. Our people. I also play music to honor the lost of your grandfather and two uncles.”

regimes fail townsmen
leaders despise eyeglasses
shoot between the eyes

Inspiration: Ligo Haibun Challenge| Photo Prompt

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32 thoughts on “Soriya

    • Sunshine says:

      the harp sounds are beautiful to hear and did you know there are people who specialize in harp therapy? i just discovered it while reading about the harp. the harp produces heavenly sounds that open the heart and quickens the process of healing. amazing. thank you, AngelsW. ♥

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  1. Kozo says:

    The Khmer Rouge was a dark spot for humanity. Thank you for shining some light on it, Sunshine. The silver lining is that the young girl does not know why her mother is crying. Alison from Alisonanddon.wordpress just did a piece on Cambodia. Must be some synchronicity happening. Thank you as always, Sunshine. {{{hugs}}} kozo

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    • Sunshine says:

      i wonder how does that happen even after the Hitler affair? i think i may have read Alison&Don’s Cambodia piece…will have to double check. fascinating to read the history of this country.

      thank you, Kozo. ♥

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      • Kozo says:

        People are people, Sunshine. At certain points in my life, I would have been a horrible despot if someone gave me a ton of power. It reminds me of these sports stars who get all this fame and notoriety before they are ready. Imagine if someone gave you a whole country with unlimited power. Very few of us would be able to rule wisely. Great story. Love the mother daughter relationship. {{{hugs}}} Kozo

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    • Sunshine says:

      Thank you, Timethief, for your time reading and sharing. I read your comments in the “How to Starve Trolls,” post…great advice, as always. 🙂

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    • Sunshine says:

      thank you, Nightlake. i really was clueless about this time in Cambodia’s history. wonderful to learn more as we blog. i appreciate you reading and sharing your thoughts.

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    • Sunshine says:

      we have great inspiration, teachers and readers here at WordPress, Maddy. thank you for your time reading and sharing. may you have a blessed Easter, beautiful one. ♥

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