Category: Literature

Burmese Literature collection with Poems, Essays, Short-Stories, Thoughts, Books, Classics, All Others

Ant Maung – Thakhin Ohn Myint Poem

Thakhin Ohn Myint Ant Maung September 19th, 2010   Thakhin Ohn Myint Abadoned medical student life To wriggle as a journalist Took part in student and youth conventions Unfurled the peacock banner JournalGyaw Hand in hand with U Chit Maung…

Pwint Phyu Nandar – The Burmese People Deserve Better from Their Government

The Burmese People Deserve Better from Their Government

Pwint Phyu Nandar

(6th Grader’s Essay at her school in San Francisco)

April 7th, 2009


  Do you want your government treating you badly, as if you and the people of your country are insignificant to them?  Of course, you don’t.  And neither do the people of Burma. But unfortunately, they are already being treated insignificantly. They deserve better from their government. There are many reasons and examples why, but here are a few main reasons and examples.

Khin Myo Chit – Electra Triumphs

Electra Triumphs

A short story by Daw Khin Myo Chit


Looking down from the window of the thatched bamboo house, I feel happy and relaxed. My long sojourn in the city had taken away from me the leisurely ways I had been used to here as a small-town girl. Now, it’s a free and easy life for me again during my holidays in the village.

The moon beams frisk and jump on the flapping banana leaves slipping every now and then onto the grassy ground. By the banana grove is a dais about three feet high, its undulating bamboo flooring smooth and brown with age and use. I remember how I had in my younger days lain there, letting the soothing coolness of the bamboo sink into my body. This dais remains a rendezvous for young and old who gather in the twilight to talk over pots of tea, seasoned tea leaves and cheroots.

My host, an elderly man of 70, looks as robust as any man in his prime. I see him now sitting on the dais alone with his teapot. His cotton paso with its bold yellow and black check pattern can be seen from a distance in the moonlight, a signal to his neighbours that he is ready for evening gossip.

Tin Moe – The Shut Door (Translated by Win Pe)

The Shut Door

Tin Moe
Translated by Win Pe
Jaunary 15th, 2009


I wish to fly like a bird
to my lover. But this happens
to be the day when
the hunter is out shooting birds.

I wish to go like a flower
to my lover. But this happens
to be the day when
the sly drone is out spoiling flowers.

Aung Way – Oway Poem


OWay Poem

Aung Way

September 26th, 2008


Aung Way is a contemporary poet from Burma, now in exile after the Saffron revolution where he took part in to support the boycott of the monks. His poem – “3 F” was one of the famous poem urged the Burmese people to join the cause of the monks back in September 2007

Aung Way – Stanzas of our 20 Years

Stanzas of our 20 years
Aung Way
August 4th 2008

Red, red, Oh’ August
We have nothing to lose but our chains.

Red, red, Oh’ August
We have promises to keep, and miles to go before we sleep.

Red, red, Oh’ August
We all are Spartacus.

Red, red, Oh’ August
Let’s hope for the best, prepare for the worst.

Nyane Thit – The Ghost

 The Ghost
Nyane Thit

August 30th, 2007

 – The night hit hard with dark storm

The dark soaked in every corner

There in the dark came

The misery in stealth

And you …

I have longed for your smile .

– Under the dazzling search light

With the mystical might

There at the roof edge

Dangled and gone

Then run the scared wardens

From the side of hangman ward

Stirred by sight of yours