Prindu Gamelan

Bagaimanakah harus aku
meluruh rinduku yang dulu
pada sang Bonang yang khayalkan
malamku yang dungu

Prindu Gamelan ini tetap tegun selama
di balik tiraian nipis, bercumbu
nan lirih bayang-bayang dan suara
yang luncuri aku ke bimasaktimu

Puspitaku dewi seindah maya
Gemalai tubuh mengulit khayalan
Sepi perkusi menghambat raya
Menyeru pulang si Prindu Gamelan

Bandar Baru Bangi
2013

Found – a poem by Goethe

ONCE through the forest

Alone I went;
To seek for nothing

My thoughts were bent.

I saw i’ the shadow

A flower stand there
As stars it glisten’d,

As eyes ’twas fair.

I sought to pluck it,–

It gently said:
“Shall I be gather’d

Only to fade?”

With all its roots

I dug it with care,
And took it home

To my garden fair.

In silent corner

Soon it was set;
There grows it ever,

There blooms it yet.

1815

(translated by Edgar Alfred Bowring)

The Joy
The Joy