The following is a rendition of “SWEL DAW” from the poems by
- Saya U Moe Aung (Tekkatho Moe War),
- Maung Sein Win (Padeegone) and
- Saya U Nyunt Htay (Maung Nyunt Htay – Ah Htet Min Hla)
You were the victim of a superstitious power monger
willing to crush “Pretenders to the Throne”
animate and inanimate.
Without a just and fair trial,
you were condemned to death.
When one Swel Daw Bin was axed
Two magically reappeared
When two Swel Daw Bins were hacked
Four appeared to baffle the tormentors
With each atrocious act
Swel Daw Bins rebounded and redoubled
The ADHAMMA authorities persisted
and ruthlessly rooted all Swel Daw Bins
from the Land of the Bearers/Defenders of DHAMMA
Why? Why? Why?
Swel Daws do not have destructive power
or desire to exploit
They do not have LOBA, DOSA, and MOHA
They simply display pristine, beauty and elegance
They embody the principles of trust, integrity,
and unity of
mentors and mentees
students, teachers, and Loke Tha’s
They provide shade, calm and tranquillity
to those seeking rest & peace of mind
With the dawning of the Pwint Linn Era
Fifty majestic Swel Daw Bins bloom gallantly
along side the famed Shwe YaDu Lann
with pleasing Shwe YaDu Benches
There have been tears of sorrow
when Swel Daws were banished from the Land
Now there are tears of joy
with many artifacts bearing your name
Swel Daw Yeik Ah Nyeint
Swel Daw Yeik Sar Saung
Swel Daw Yeik Magazine
Swel Daw Yeik Foundation
According to Saya U Moe Aung, the term “Swel Daw Yeik” became an official synonym of the Rangoon Institute of Technology (RIT) and the engineering schools in Burma at the Rangoon University Golden Jubilee in 1970. Saya led the Swel Daw Yeik Troupe for the GJ Celebrations. The Swel Daw Yeik Ah Nyeint and the Htee Yein were a huge success. U Soe Aung (Mech/Auto 70) wrote about RIT Ah Nu Pyinnya Ah Thin in general, and about his tears of sorrow and joy about the “banned” Htee Yein.
Saya U Moe Aung and team published the commemorative issue of Swel Daw Yeik Sar Saung for SPZP-2002, SPZP-2007 and SPZP-2010. Saya reprinted my SAYA PUZAW PWE poem as the back cover of the SPZP-2002 issue. Saya printed my SWEL DAW poem in the SPZP-2007 issue and my article SAD AND SHORT CLIP : EE SAYAS in the SPZP-2010 issue.
Saya U Moe Aung and the distinguished Alumni Writers/Poets served as Contributing Editors for the commemorative issue of the full fledged Swel Daw Yeik Magazine for SPZP-2012, Shwe YaDu (in 2014) and SPZP-2016.
Since there was no formal Alumni Association, the idea to help sayas and alumni of the past and present was floated around SPZP-2012 by Saya U Moe Aung and his former students. Swel Daw Yeik Foundation (SDYF) has helped not only with the Health Care of eligible sayas and sayamas, but also in several RIT related activities such as Shwe YaDu and SPZPs. Fifty Swel Daw Bins were planted and maintained.
Thanks to the sayas and alumni that have kept the Swel Daw (RIT Spirit) alive and well.
Categories: Poems and Translations