THE NEW REGIME


No religious rituals.
No religious symbols.
No fortune tellers.
No traditional healers.
No paying respect to elders.
No social status. No titles.


No education. No training.
No school. No learning.
No books. No library.
No science. No technology.
No pens. No paper.


No currency. No bartering.
No buying. No selling.
No begging. No giving.
No purses. No wallets


No human rights. No liberty.
No public transportation.
No private transportation.
No traveling. No mailing.
No inviting. No visiting.
No faxes. No telephones.


No social gatherings.
No chitchatting.
No jokes. No laughter.
No music. No dancing.


No romance. No flirting.
No fornication. No dating.
No wet dreaming.
No mastrubating.
No naked sleepers.
No bathers.
No nakedness in showers.
No love songs. No love letters.
No affection.


No marrying. No divorcing.
No martial conflicts. No fighting.
No profanity. No cursing.


No shoes. No sandals
No toothbrushes. No razors.
No combs. No mirrors.
No lotion. No make up.
No long hair. No braids.
No jewelry.
No soap. No detergent. No shampoo.
No knitting. No embroidering.
No colored clothes, except black.
No styles, except pajamas.
No wine. No palm sap hooch.
No lighters. No cigarettes.
No morning coffee. No afternoon tea.
No snacks. No desserts.
No breakfast (sometimes no dinner.)


No mercy. No forgiveness.
No regret. No remorse.
No second chances. No excuses.
No complaints. No grievances.
No help. No favors.
No eyeglasses. No dental treatment.
No vaccines. No medicines.
No hospitals. No doctors.
No disabilities. No social diseases.
No tuberculosis. No leprosy.


No kites. No marbles. No rubber.
No cookies. No popsicle. No candy.
No playing. No toys.
No lullabies.
No rest. No vacations.
No holidays. No weekends
No games. No sports.
No staying up late.
No newspapers.


No radio. No TV.
No drawing. No painting.
No pets. No pictures.
No electricity. No lamp oil.
No clocks. No watches.


No hope. No life.



By Sarith Pou


*A third of the people didn't survive.
The regime died.