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Shakespeare and U Punnya
Shakespeare and U Punnya.
Not enough chanting and singing.
Learn at school and read at home.
Know all the texts.
Once put to memory, in the crowd
drop references boastfully.
Articulate but cannot plough.
Go hungry
when the pitaka pot breaks. 

Translator's Note: U Punnya was a late nineteenth century Burmese poet. The pitaka pot is a Buddhist metaphor for a container of knowledge.