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Cambodia: Once Mine

There was a change
For the family with
The indiscriminate blast
Fear bolted in me
It was almost as if
I were a Cambodian storm
Thundering through
A war-ravaged landscape
Unearthing dormant mines
Thirty seconds between the bang
And the smell of wounded flesh
My brother’s screams exploded
Across the rice paddies
Forever in my head

Cambodia: Once Mine

Jane McAulay Wilson

The Peak, Hong Kong

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This is a poem that I did with some students using a technique called found poems. It’s a great way to start writing when you don’t have too many ideas. There’s a lesson plan at http://www.readwritethink.org/lessons/lesson_vi.... It’s designed to be taught in class but I think it’s good for anyone who wants to write poetry. If you decide to try it, please let me know how you get on.

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