SAYA PUZAW PWE (Poem)
S eems like it was only yesterday
A t our alma mater in a land far away
Y ou taught us to work, play, laugh, even cry
A nd coaxed us, forced us to aim for the sky
P roblems in real life, lab, computation, survey
U nderstand concepts, design, display, …
Z eal, zest, ardor, grit, passion to make it “our day”
A rchitects, engineers, we’ve come here to say
W e honor your metta, your cetana — we fully can’t repay
P resently we meet, alum from five decades we greet
W ith memories true, fond, sweet
E cstatic yet sad that the GBNF could not join this memorable fete
My poem was first published in the SPZP-2000 web pages on the first ex-rit web site and in the commemorative issue of the RIT Alumni International Newsletter for SPZP-2000.
It was reprinted for the back cover of the commemorative Swel Daw Yeik Sar Saung for SPZP-2002.
It was also reprinted in the GJ magazine for the combined 1st BE intake of 64 and 65.
The term “SAYA GADAW PWE” has religious connotations. Since the SPZP-2000 organizers and attendees profess different religions, the term SAYA PUZAW PWE (meaning honoring the mentors and paying respect to them for their metta and cetana) was chosen.
GBNF means “Gone But Not Forgotten”.
The GBNF list for the Class of 69 is 84. Of the 20 (or so) EE sayas of our times, almost half are GBNF.