April 12th Birthday Love: Zawgyi

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The poet Zawgyi was born Thein Han on this day April 12, 1907 in the town of Pyapon in the Irrawaddy region of British Burma. His pen name, Zawgyi, refers to a Burmese mythical wizard.

The Grass Cutter

basking under the rays of the Sun

the human abode is just awakening

the dove sings a paean to

the beauties of the forest

here the Earth is emerald green

there the sky’s sapphire blue:

Among the two colours

O Man!

how magnificent, how majestic

you look

-Zawgyi, translated by Myint Zan


ရေးသူ ဇော်ဂျီ


လူ့ဘုံလောက နိုးခါစတည့်

ချိုးကသံရှည် တောဘွဲ့သီ၍

ဤမှာမြေပြင် မြစိမ်းဆင်လျက်

ကောင်းကင်မိုးဝယ် နီလာခြယ်နှင့်

အိုဘယ်လူသား နှစ်ရောင်ကြားဝယ်

ခန့်ညားပေစွ ခန့်ပေစွ။

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