I wrote a poem that was inspired by The Rent Collector’s character.
She does for love.
She works her butt off every day
No one care if it’s her birthday.
She works for her family
Can’t complain or be lazy.
She works every day for her son
Who cares about the rumors from anyone.
She fights for her future
But, she’s surrounded by trash and it doesn’t matter.
She fights for her hope
Even though she doesn’t have money for food and soap.
She fights for her dream
Though sometimes it melts away like ice cream.
If you don’t read, you don’t think that it’s true
You all don’t have to believe as I do.
Nisay, my sunshine
Carrying you in my calloused arm
Freaking out about my beautiful charm
What happened to you?
Nisay, are you okay?
Taking you to the main road
Looking for the magical antidote
How was your day?
Nisay, what have you done?
Riding on a free tuk-tuk with you
You feed sad, makes me feel blue
Where are you?
Nisay, can you hear me?
Screaming your name with my dead voice
A journey to the hospital without a choice
Who hurt you?
Nisay, please talk to me…
My tears flowing down my cheeks
Working my tushie off for the entire week
Are you in pain?
Nisay, you are going to be ok!
We all need a “Cow.“
Once upon a time, there was a girl who fell in love with rice wine
She’s a rent collector, but she’s barely walking on a straight line.
She’s Sopheab, but people called her “cow”
Do we all even know why or how?
She brought literature into the community
She knows that she’s going to change someone’s destiny.
She teaches Sang Ly how to read
Because that’s all she needs.
Knowledge gives her power
It is like she’s standing on a top of a golden tower.
She knows how to communicate with literature
We all know what’s going to happen in the future.
Sopheap, thank you so much
It’s such as an emotional touch.
Literature changed everything
This fairy tale has a happy ending.