Cambodia. “Portrait Of Pain”

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Cambodia
Through Harold’s Lens:

What does this little boy know?
Pain?
Hunger?
Sadness?

Terror?
Safety?
Loneliness?

Misery?
Ridicule?
Rejection?

Death?
Failure?
The unknown?

What does this little boy miss?
Mommy?
Daddy?
Brother?
Sister?

Friend?
Food?
Love?

Hugs?
Happiness?
Holding hands?

Silliness?
Goofiness?
Laughter?

Little boy
Stumbling
War-torn concrete jungles
Kicking stones
Kicking dust
Flicking bugs.

Cry from his deep?

One only
Speaks Cambodian
One only
Speaks English.

I’ll never know.

“Little Guys & I”

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Myanmar
Through Harold’s Lens:

Seven little guys
Kicking ball
In Park.

Sat down
Watched
Mr. SLR Nikon had fun.

Little guys stopped
Came over
Quizzical look.

Touched fingers
High fives
Bumped fists.

Little guys watched Mr. SLR
Showed photos
Little guys laughed.

Loaned Mr. SLR
Little guys shot.

We laughed together.

Seven small kids
Me
Two languages
Shared a moment
Bonded
Loved
Had fun.

How beautiful
Our world can be.

“Soft Side Of Love”

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Egypt
Through Harold’s Lens:

Small Coptic Orthodox Church
Slowly with reference
Little boy
Grandmother
Pass through holy
Portals.

Idolizing eyes look up
Into proud eyes
Respect.

Aging slim legs
Young tiny feet

Quietly
Down long hallowed carpet.

Kneeling together
Deep prayer.

Aged dark wooden pew
Small family
Shufflles sideways.

Not alone
The Father
The Son
The Holy Spirit.

Alone moment
Quiet moment.

Crinkled hands
Folded
Young fingers
Folded.

Quietly arise.

Candles aglow
Beckon.

Little hand
Guided by
Wilted hand
Touch flame to flame.

Prayer
Deep thought
Rolling tears.

Connected by blood
Connected by love.

Husband remembered
Grandfather honored.

The soft side of love.

“Gooooooooooooal”

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Argentina
Through Harold’s Lens:

Little five-year old boy dreams
Dad put him up to that.

Sunday
Afternoons with Dad
Holding hands
Climbing onto the big bus
Packed with fanatical fans.

Hot
Hip to hip
Weaving
Bumper-to-bumper traffic.

Arrival
Argentina’s famous stadium
La Bombonera.

Home
The most successful
soccer team in the world
Famous Boca Juniors.

Great
Legends played here.

Bloody
Rough game
Hated arch rival
Mexico.

Today
Gold Medal
Final game
World Cup
World Champion.

49,000
Scream
Chant
Pound drums
Passion explodes.

Rolls
Toilet paper
Stream
Across heads.

1-1
Score tied.

Minute to play

Mexico
End of field.

Little boy
Drills ball

Slow motion
White arch through air
Wind screams
Hearts stop
Mouths hang open.

Up
Up
Top left
Open net
Swish!
Gooooooooooool!

#7
Yellow-blue jersey
Retired that day.

Boca Juniors Museum Hall of Fame.

Dreams
Built
One grain of sand at a time.

Thanks Dad.