Updaate : January 4, 2022

  • I wrote the poem for SPZP-2000.
  • It was published in ex-rit-org website and the front page of the Commemorative Issue of RIT Alumni International Newsletter for SPZP-2000
  • It was reprinted on the back cover of the Commemorative Issue of Swel Daw Yeik Sar Saung for SPZP-2002
  • It was also reprinted in the Golden Jubilee magazine for the combined 1st BE intake of 64 and 65.


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


  • 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 113 (about a third).
  • Of the 20 (or so) EE sayas of our RIT days, almost half are GBNF.

Categories: Poem

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