Blue Pigeons – Mixed Media by Jinx Davis. All rights reserved by JustJinx.com

Yeng Chheanly’s visual poetry seems serene and calming when viewed. Yet beneath each piece, he is reckoning with the difficult questions that societies must ask if they are to survive. In Pigeon’s Song, the ultimate question of survival is posed.

Here is how the poet describes it:

ពេលព្រលឹម ពេលថ្ងៃរះ គឺពេលដែលព្រាបចាប់ផ្តើមឃ្លាន។ ប្រសិនបើមានអាហារ នោះជីវិតព្រាមនឹងមានសន្តិភាព។ តែ…តើមានបទអ្វីដែលវានឹងច្រៀង បើសិនអាហារវាត្រូវគេផ្តាច់?
The dawn and sunrise are the beginning of the pigeon’s hunger. If there is food, life will be at peace. What if… What song will the pigeon sing if their stomach is empty?