Bertahan

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Pak Tua duduk di trotoar, menengadahkan tangan.
Tubuhnya hanya tulang berbalut kulit renta,
Berhiaskan baju usang dan bermahkotakan topi berlubang.
Di wajahnya terukir jejak-jejak perjuangan.

Pak Tua, saat senjamu menjelang,
Kau masih harus tetap berjuang.
Kau berusaha bertahan bagai batu karang yang dihempas gelombang.
Kau bertarung melawan gilasan jaman.

Matahari mulai memanggang…
Pak Tua memandang nanar ke arah orang-orang yang lalu lalang.

27 October 2005

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When I Danced with Jealousy

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She came with her sweet face.

Smiling, she offered her hand.

Enchanting that’s she was.

Her friendship looked so grand.

 

The music was playing.

She took me to dance.

She was glowing

as she fell in trance.

 

I could only stare

silently make a prayer.

My lips were sealed tight.

The move I wanted to take were frozen by the sight.

 

My heart grew heavy with fright.

I tried to dance myself free

and light up my heart.

Yet there was no more glee

when the only thing left was an empty heart.

 

04.09.2013

A Reply to “When Fear Knocks on My Window”

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I wrote a poem, When Fear Knocks on My Window, yesterday and showed it to a friend, Rupa. Actually I wrote the poem because she wanted me to show her some of my poems. As I was too lazy to dig out my scattered files, I thought I’d just make one.

I showed the poem to her and she gave me a reply to it, which I find really amusing and fantastic and which I’m delighted to share with you all.

Rupa’s reply

Fear knocking at your window
when your spirit is low?
No, no, I think it’s too beware
to knock at your door.
Just peeping through your window,
not yet ready to give a blow
for you are being protected
safe and sound
with ample courage,
knowledge proufound!

Your little mind is freezing,
with limbs numb and heart racing!!!
Aha… sheer paralysing.
Thought it is!!!
Let it come and go!

It’s only a low feeling
that makes you feel bow down
and you said you can hear the alarm
ring ding dong, ding ding dong!!!

The charm is broken, when words are spoken.
Hurray!!! Here you are staring at fear
Face to face with eyes firm open!!!

Yes!!!
You choose to fight
with courage and delight!!!