Children In The Sandbox
by Ken Omega


Children in the sandbox

Playing, making noise

One of them was haughty

He had all the toys

One of them was shallow,

She was by his side

Others called her shameless

She took that in stride

Of the ones remaining

One of them was smart

Made manipulation

Of the rest an art

Then there was the rebel

He was very loud

He would protest Haughty

Right before the crowd

Finally the last one

Skinny, shy and small

He spent most of his time

Near the outer wall

All the information

On its way abreast

Certainly would reach him

Well before the rest

What was haughty planning?

Was there any note?

Would there be a castle?

Would there be a mote?

And what of his maiden?

Was she still in tow?

Or was she off sneaking

‘Round with Rebel Joe?

Then one day the Skinny

So became the word

Passed on to the others

What they had not heard

There’s another sanbox

Just across the way

We should all leave this one

And go there to play

Haughty, he turned humble

Gave away his toys

Shallow one, she started

Eyeing other boys

Haughty though he pleaded

Could not change her mode

Rebel couldn’t stand it

He just hit the road

All you heard was laughter

From the modest one

Turns out it was he that

Was the smartest one

Spying others’ weakness

From the outer wall

Is how he was able

To control them all

Sitting there in silence

Toys and shallow mate

Haughty one off sulking

Over by the gate

Skinny had a notion

Lighting his cigar…

Children in the Sandbox

That is all we are.

© Ken Omega 2013

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Bayon Temple – the Cambodian Jungle

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Best known as the back drop for the Movie, “Tomb Raider”, Bayon Temple is one of the most amazing places on Earth. Set in the lush Southeast Asian jungle of Cambodia, Bayon appears out of nowhere in surreal splendor. Aside from Bayon, the Northern Cambodian province of Siem Reap boasts several marvelous temple structures, the most famous of which is Angkor Wat.


However, the jungle temple of Bayon, second only in size to the majestic Angkor, possess a magic all its own. And I would urge any adventurous traveler to get there however you can. Taking in this daunting artifact is a life changing experience. The structure itself is a wonder to behold. And the stone relief carvings remain an enigma.



If you decide to go to Siem Reap, and have never done any extreme traveling before, be informed that you will need proper immunization, and a current passport. You should also be aware, that while quite beautiful, Cambodia is still a developing country, There is no ATM or convenience store on every other corner.  Siem Reap is a place literally ‘carved out of the jungle’. So plan accordingly.


At the end of the day though, I will say that Siem Riep, Cambodia, where Bayon Temple is locared, albeit socioeconomically modest, offered some of the tidiest and most hospitable accommodations I encountered while traveling in Southeast Asia. So on that note, do try and visit. You won’t regret it. And the vibes are sure to enrich your life.