POETRY FORMAT, 26 Dec 2016
I wrote this poem as a holiday season’s gift to myself. Xmas Day, 2016
I can’t be taken down.
For my feet have always been firmly on the ground.
My career can’t be destroyed.
For I have never pursued one.
My image can’t be tarnished.
For it has never been manufactured.
I am unafraid to fall.
For I have never attempted to climb.
I can’t be ostracised.
For I seek no external acceptance.
I am not given into applauses or flattery. .
For I know I am always less than the person that is being lauded or flattered.
I don’t hold on to anything, applauses or condemnations, achievements
Nothing belongs to me.
And I am nothing beyond my present deeds.
For Nothingness reigns supreme inside.
I have no soul to corrupt;
nor is there a “core” to hold up as “incorruptible”.
I am only a stream of deeds and thoughts held together by memory.
Not even that memory.
No regrets nor jubilations.
I too will pass
like another dust on this earth.
Dr. Maung Zarni is a Burmese activist blogger, Associate Fellow at the University of Malaya, a member of the TRANSCEND Network for Peace, Development and Environment, founder and director of the Free Burma Coalition (1995-2004), a visiting fellow (2011-13) at the Civil Society and Human Security Research Unit, London School of Economics, and a nonresident scholar with the Sleuk Rith Institute in Cambodia. His forthcoming book on Burma will be published by Yale University Press. He was educated in the US where he lived and worked for 17 years.
This article originally appeared on Transcend Media Service (TMS) on 26 Dec 2016.
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