As he speaks to our class of twenty-five students he seems to observe us as much as we observe him. As if picking out each individual that might be able to understand this suffering that we have never felt. He talks about prosperity and how he has broken out of this cycle he calls poverty and although the poems are not an outlet for his sadness anymore, they are a voice for those who don’t have one.
His poem, ‘Why I write’ is a perfect representation of the man he is. In the poem he talks about what he’s writing for and especially who he’s writing for. It is clear that he is trying to be a role model, for kids like him, that he never had. Someone that understands and went through the same thing. In the first line where he says, “I write for men, women,and children. anyone who ever felt alone, anyone who ever felt disowned” it becomes obvious straight away that he’s trying to prove that it is possible to survive that emotional pain and that he is living proof that it gets better. As he talks about this in the conference room it is easy to see that although the pain is still there, he has moved on, accepted it, and turned it into something greater. Even as he is questioned about what must be some of the most traumatizing moments in his life, he is not even fazed and will answer any question.
This, I believe, is true strength. Being able to overcome so many obstacles and to come back and to something good for the world is what makes Kosal Khiev the incredible person he is.