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Rain Spell Februari 21, 2010

Posted by Afra Afifah in Sang Pujangga.
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Rain knows well the tree, the road
the gutter too-their voices can be distinguished :
and you can hear them too, even when you close the door
and window. Even when you dim the light.

Rain, who really can distinguished between them, has fallen
on the tree, the road and the gutter-
casting a spell so that you have no chance at all to protest
when you find the revelation that you may not reveal

~*Sapardi Djoko Damono*~

[Before Dawn, The Poetry of  Sapardi Djoko Damono]

Narcissus Februari 21, 2010

Posted by Afra Afifah in Sang Pujangga.
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just like me: what’s your name, isn’t that right?
on the surface on the pool you gaze is calm and your longing deep
but let us not love
let me not reach out and have you change into me

or wait until the wind loosens a leaf
that falls into the pool: your gaze quivers, does it not?
will I be disappointed if the water calms again?
will I be disappointed if the leaves, one after another, fall?

~*Sapardi Djoko Damono*~