I Will Give a Speech

I will give a speech to all
As a president makes a speech to the people
I will give a speech to all

I will give a speech to all
For all those who love me
For all those who hate me
I will give you a speech
For a gun waiting in ambush pointed at me
For a page from the bible touching me intimately
I will give you a speech
In the hall lit by Art’s blue flame
In the necktie bound neatly by foxes
I will give you a speech
To the era slick and savvy like a gentleman
To the world still thinking of predators
I will give you a speech
For the engraved medals polished and gleaming
For the faded bronze statues
I will give you a speech
On the road where gypsies sang the song of the fatherland
On the breast of the earth of my native land
With my hat off
I will give a speech
As a president makes a speech to the people
I will raise myself as a flag
To all I will make a speech

Pye
Translated from the Burmese by Zeyar Lynn