15 June 2009

REVOLUTION (Maung Swan Yi)


The smooth, long bamboos
When split with the knife
Are all destroyed.
The rough, long split bamboos,
When whittled with the knife
And woven, a beautiful
basket is made.

The basket is of value more
Then the bamboo –
Regret not of the bamboo’s loss.

-Maung Swan Yi-
From collection of ‘Red and Blue’
Translated by Maung Tha Noe
29.11.1961

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