Sour Sdéy Chnam Thméy!

My dear Kacvey,

 

May the Spirit of Chnam Môr Mê be there to guide you,

When you are happy, feel sick or have the blues.

 

Good bye and Thank you, Chnam Môr Mii!

Up, up and away, the Year of the Horse flies from land and sea,

No looking back, and letting the Year of the Goat making its entry.

 

What does the Year of the Goat have in store for Cambodia?

Nobody knows, whether it will be joy, disaster or fear.

It’s up to the Khmer to make the smile or to shed the tears.

 

Since ever, Cambodians have been cheated out left and right;

All leaders only think for themselves, and never for the Khmer’s plights.

Rights are abused, lands taken, forests denuded, Mekong dried,

Cambodia’s future is far from being bright.

The Year of the Goat will witness a sea of changes that would turn things right.

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Kacvey, let seek the wisdom of the Year of the Goat to ponder on this rhetorical question/wish from Petrarch: “Do you suppose there is any living man so unreasonable that if he found himself stricken with a dangerous ailment he would not anxiously desire to regain the blessing of health?”