In Cambodia, May 20 is a day for remembering the genocidal Khmer Rouge regime responsible for the deaths of nearly a quarter of the country’s population from 1975 to 1979. When the Cambodian government declared the day of commemoration, the New York Times mistranslated T’veer Chong Kamhaeng as the Day of Hate. This is way off base, but not surprising: the day’s anger is directed not only at the dictator Pol Pot, but also at the United States for its role in helping Pol Pot come into power. According to journalist Tom Fawthrop, the more accurate translation of T’veer Chong Kamhaeng is “Day of Maintaining Rage.” That seems a right response to genocide.

OK, some days I’m just not able to make the connection between the day and the workout. Today is one of those days. Here’s the workout:

7 bent-over dumbbell rows
7 push-ups
7 bent-over dumbbell rows
5 weighted squats (dumbbells at your shoulders)
5 push-presses
5 weighted squats (dumbbells at your shoulders)

3 times all the way through – 4 if you have some rage to maintain and need to train up for it.

Caged Bird
Maya Angelou

The free bird leaps
on the back of the wind
and floats downstream
till the current ends
and dips his wings
in the orange sun rays
and dares to claim the sky.

But a bird that stalks
down his narrow cage
can seldom see through
his bars of rage
his wings are clipped and
his feet are tied
so he opens his throat to sing.

The caged bird sings
with fearful trill
of the things unknown
but longed for still
and his tune is heard
on the distant hill
for the caged bird
sings of freedom

The free bird thinks of another breeze
and the trade winds soft through the sighing trees
and the fat worms waiting on a dawn-bright lawn
and he names the sky his own.

But a caged bird stands on the grave of dreams
his shadow shouts on a nightmare scream
his wings are clipped and his feet are tied
so he opens his throat to sing

The caged bird sings
with a fearful trill
of things unknown
but longed for still
and his tune is heard
on the distant hill
for the caged bird
sings of freedom.