Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Faved!: Kemala's Sejambak Bunga Karang Tsunami

Such beautiful use of language and I only have the privilege of reading it in my late 20s.

I wonder why I was not given the chance by the Ministry of Education to access such beautiful literary works when I was a student back then. I did not go to a private school. I did not attend an international school. I was truly a product of an education system endorsed by the government. Did they not know the importance of literature in cultivating a strong sense of identity and pride for one's culture. Hell, if the Government now is so adamant to remind the Malays their place on this earth and the necessity of keeping the "Melayu" in us alive, they should have focused on the arts, rather than silly politics of race.

Here's a beautiful poem I stumbled upon while surfing through the uncharted seas of Malay literature (sastera Melayu). I apologise for not having the translated version of this poem. Anybody does?




inilah sejambak bunga karang tsunami
yang kupungut dari perut laut atlantik, berkurun
terbenam di dasar dalam, ditindih seribusatu molikul kelam
warnanya, warna ajaib dalam sinar riak dan ombak air
jamaah ikan mengenalnya, tiada ancam dan waham
"aku memeluk mutiara berkilau!"

kini kudekap bunga karang tsunami
aku mendengar lagu sayunya tentang hidup dan mati
manusia taktahu ancaman, ombak menduga
gelombang puaka, menerjang, menerpa
membawa salam kematian, apabila kau alpa
"prasangka dan haloba itu, mainan sia-sia!"

sejambak bunga karang tsunami
ingin kuhadiahkan untuk kekasih yang peka
tentang cinta, hidup dan kemanusiaan
jalan ke syorga hanya dalam kalbu, bak purnama
kau kaya dengan raga dan lembar-lembar madah
"bertahun menjadi rekan akrab tsunami bunga!"

kuhias kamarku dengan jambak karang tsunami
rona ajaibnya mengajakku menyapa pelangi
adakah kau disentuh duyung sang puteri
waktu dunia ribut, kalut, kecut dipaut ombak maut
bayi manis di pelukan ibunya mengukir senyum akhir kali
"Bu, Tuhan menjemput kita meniti ke syorga!"

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