Monday, February 14, 2011

Today, We Celebrate Love...

with a beautiful poem by the late Usman Awang.

KEKASIH

akan kupintal buih-buih
menjadi tali
mengikatmu
akan kuanyam gelombang-gelombang
menjadi hamparan
ranjang tidurmu

akan kutenun awan-gemawan
menjadi selendang
menudungi rambutmu

akan kujahit bayu gunung
menjadi baju
pakaian malammu

akan kupetik bintang timur
menjadi kerongsang
menyinari dadamu

akan kujolok bulan gerhana
menjadi lampu
menyuluhi rindu

akan kurebahkan matari
menjadi laut malammu
menghirup sakar madumu

Kekasih, hitunglah mimpi
yang membunuh realiti
dengan syurga ilusi.

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here's the English translation

BELOVED

I'll twine the froth of the sea

into a rope

to tie you.

I'll weave the waves

into a carpet

for your bedchamber.

I'll spin the clouds

into a veil

for your hair.

I'll sew the mountain winds

into a nightgown

for you.

I'll pluck the star of the East

a brooch to sparkle

on your breast.

I'll bring down the darkened moon

a lamp to light

my desire.

I'll sink the sun

embrace your seas of night

drink your crystals of honey.

My beloved, how many dreams

murder reality

with illusions of heaven.

5 comments:

airman_1 said...

we celebrate love..tak tepat yg tepat we celebrate velentine..kah...kah...

JohorMali said...

Mem,
I think this St Valentine's day issue has been stretch apart by both the pro and the opp.
As a Muslim,and to other Muslims, celebrate love, peace and harmony by all means but does one need a special date and a Saint to remind us for such?
And to the non Muslim,"...to you be your religion,and to me mine."

Ahirudin Bin Attan said...

It is beautiful. Love is.
Happy V day.
Love conquers all.

NURAINA A SAMAD said...

rocky,

ahak ahak...i am choking...

but agree agree...love conquers all. :-)

the witch's broo said...

Usman Awang's "Kekasih" has been made into a song. So beautiful. So haunting.

And it is a lovely sajak.