Smile of Angkor

Editor’s note:  The author wrote this poem for her little sister.
Don’t worry

My little princess
If your childhood world is empty
Of toys

Don’t worry
My little princess
If your clothes are faded

Your shoes don’t fit
Your backpack has holes
Your friends laugh at your style

Don’t worry
My little princess
If the old women berate you for being a girl
If no one understands your feelings
If the elders slap your face for making a noise
If you cannot have the dress of your choice
If you are not allowed
To laugh aloud 
I promise
I’ll buy you a world of toys
Barbie dolls
Panda bears
Make you a beautiful dress
Like Cinderella

Buy lots of candles for your birthday cake
Your favorite candies 

Fashionable shoes
I am going to draw your dreams in Baba’s big rocks
Your smiling face in Buddha’s visage
We will laugh out loud
Holler and hoot
We will dance with the splash of waterfalls
Sing with the migratory birds
We will share our happiness
My little princess
With the world
By Kamilah
Kamilah is currently studying abroad on scholarship. Photo by Hans Stieglitz.