Masa-Masa Kejahatan

(diterjemah dari sajak Hermann Hesse, ‘Böse Zeit’)

Saat ini kita berdiam diri
dan tidak lagi mendendang lagu,
semakin sukar langkah kaki;
ini adalah malam, yang ketibaannya pasti.

Hulurkan tanganmu
mungkin perjalanan kita masih lagi jauh
salji turun, salji turun!
musim dingin begitu sukar di negeri asing

Di manakah masa-masa
yang memberi cahaya, yang membakar?
hulurkan tanganmu
mungkin perjalanan kita masih lagi jauh

[Nov, 2014]

Man are born for the solid earth, not for the water

‘This is good too, very good,’ he said, ‘listen to this: “A man should be proud of suffering. All suffering is a reminder of our high estate.” Fine! Eighty years before Nietzsche. But that is not the sentence I meant. Wait a moment, here I have it. This: “Most men will not swim before they are able to.” Isn’t it witty? Naturally, they won’t swim! They are born for the solid earth, not for the water. And naturally they won’t think. They are made for life, not for thought. Yes, and he who thinks, what’s more, he who makes thought his business, he may go far in it, but he has bartered the solid earth for the water all the same, and one day he will drown.’

– Hermann Hesse’s Steppenwolf .