Wednesday, March 23, 2011

at day's end

After Preah Khan, we had time for one last temple. I chose Ta Som, a small Bayon-style (meaning with big faces) monastic complex similar to Ta Prohm (Angelina Jolie). Our guesthouse was named after it, which I thought made it a fitting end to our temple tour in Siem Reap.

So what else was there to do before the end of our last full day in Cambodia? Sok Cheat our tuktuk driver suggested Chong Khneas, the floating village at the edge of Tonle Sap. It turned out to be an excellent recommendation. Por que? Because we saw the most gorgeous sunset there.


Is anybody happier because you passed his way?
Does anyone remember that you spoke to him today?
The day is almost over, and its toiling time is through,
Is there anyone to utter now a kindly word of you?

Can you say tonight, in parting with the day that's slipping fast,
That you helped a single person of the many that you passed?
Is a single heart rejoicing over what you did or said?
Does the one whose hopes were fading now with courage look ahead?

Did you waste the day, or use it? Was it well or sorely spent?
Did you leave a trail or kindness or a scar of discontent?
As you close your eyes in slumber, do you think that God will say,
"You have earned one more tomorrow by the work you've done today"?

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