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Vultures Over Burma

June 7, 2013 ·

A poem: To all the men and women who sing change change change Mee-ahn mar--we never heard of you before.

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This morning a close colleague and Burma Watcher was approached by men we have never heard of before --
To all the men and women who sing change change change Mee-ahn mar -
we never heard of you before
30 years in the Burma Watcher field
first learn the correct name and the pronunciation of the country you plan to change.
There is no "post-conflict situation" for you to work on
as the Conflicts are still on-going
if you vultures start to hover, truly you must smell death coming on
or you must smell a dead carcass already
for we all know
vultures only hover over the dead or obviously dying
the weak and the ill
the systemically failed
no wonder you are so ugly
but take care now
I've heard
vultures are dying
of toxic chemicals
vultures should only help
in clean air burials.

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