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Gerard Sarnat

Phnom Penh

 

 

Cock crows    crone snores

 

Khmer shuffles

 

into her sari, tunes out winter.

 

 

 

Bamboo in the wind

 

hollow modest

 

old raft bobs high on spring waters.

 

 

 

Spice-hued robe river

 

biksa bowl begging

 

young monks spurt summer lightning.

 

 

 

Pol Pot cooed, Kill, kill

 

-- lost boys mull skulls

 

vultures gnaw thirty falls after.

 

 

Gerard Sarnat is the author of two critically acclaimed poetry collections, 2010’s "HOMELESS CHRONICLES from Abraham to Burning Man" and 2012’s "Disputes." He has been published in over 60 journals and anthologies. Harvard and Stanford educated, Gerry’s a physician who’s set up and staffed clinics for the disenfranchised. Gerard’s a longtime practitioner, past board member, and editor of the literary journal “Passing It On” at the Insight Meditation Center in northern California. For "The Huffington Post" review of his work and more; visit Gerard Sarnat.com.