To Wilt is to Bloom


For flowers,
To wilt is to bloom.
If you pluck one 
One more rises.
If you drop two 
Two more spring up.

Come! Knock us down,
Wild gust; tumble us,
Cut us down, storming blades, 
Blow your hardest, do your worst.
Litter the ground with our buds,
Trample on us, see if we care.

To wilt is to bloom,
That’s the flowers’ doctrine.
You may crush us, we may fall,
But when we die we rise again.

— Maung Chaw Nwe

(Translated by Kenneth Wong, August 8, 2013)