Water Closet



Civilization demands
Money from one person’s purse
To get smoothly
Into another’s

Flowers
To get into the perfume bottle
Fruits
Into the wine bottle
Teak trees
Into the drawing-room
Atoms
Into the nuclear bomb
How gentle!
Just as the modern man
Sits on the toilet
So you won’t see the waste matter
We’ve lived

Thukhamein Hlaing
 Translated by Maung Tha Noe
(from “Thing lost at sea”)

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