SUCH AN ERA (DI ERA ITU) – Jia Rong XIANG / Translated into BAHASA MELAYU BY Siti  Ruqaiyah  HASHIM ( FROM 2ND PEACE POEM ANTHOLOGY:  PEACE BE UPON YOU DAVOS)

Poem by Jia Rong XIANG

Yun Shui Yin, birth-name Jia Rongxiang, is a professor in Beijing University of Civil Engineering and Architecture. Yun Shui Yin has a PHD in Comparative Culture and her research focuses on Urban and Architectural Culture in China and the West, and Urban Poems. She is a poet and a translator as well, having published about 30 books and 200 essays and articles. She is a member of Literary Academy of World Environment and researcher of Beijing Architectural Culture Base.

SUCH AN ERA

In such an era
Hot blood flew as a red sea
Roaring or surging
To the mountain and to the country

In such an era
Songs woven into a dream green
True or fake
Delivering to poor villages and to deserted land

In such an era
Bitterness brewed into purple wine
Sad or happy
Questioning you and times

In such an era
Death of heart writes colourful epic
Weeping or complaining
About the old days idling away

Note: An era here refers to the Cultural Revolution in China from 19661976

 

DI ERA ITU

Di era itu 
Darah muda menyirap seperti laut merah 
Menggelegak dan meluap-luap 
Hingga ke gunung dan ke desa

Di era itu 
Lagu-lagu terjalin dalam mimpi hijau 
Benar atau tidak 
Dihantar ke desa-desa miskin dan tanah yang ditinggalkan

Di era itu 
Kegetiran diperam menjadi arak ungu 
Sedih atau bahagia 
Anak-anak muda menyoal masa lalu

Di era itu 
Kegersangan jiwa mencatat epik berwarna 
Menangis atau merungut 
Tentang hari-hari yang berlalu pergi

Nota: Era di sini merujuk kepada Revolusi Kebudayaan China dari tahun 1966 – 1976.

 

Translated into BAHASA MELAYU BY Siti  Ruqaiyah  HASHIM

FROM 2ND PEACE POEM ANTHOLOGY: 
PEACE BE UPON YOU DAVOS.

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