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    Imperial Inertia in Cambodia


    The Khmer alphabet’s
    catalog of stacked consonants,
    ligatures and diacritics,
    dependent and
    independent vowels,
    is not infinite.

    I could learn them all
    and say much more
    than the “Thank you,”
    “towel,” and “rice”
    I have bothered
    to remember so far.

    If I were a Cambodian
    traveling in America
    I couldn’t rest on the privilege
    of a native tongue
    that elephantine empires
    have spread far and wide.

    I’d have to pay attention.

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