THE LITTLE SYRIAN REFUGEE (PELARIAN KECIL DARI SYRIA) – HASNA JASIMUDDIN MOUDUD / Translated into BAHASA MELAYU by Siti Ruqaiyah HASHIM

Poem by HASNA JASIMUDDIN MOUDUD

Hasna received B.A from University of Dhaka in 1965, and M.A from University of Dayton, Ohio in 1969. She received International Writing Programme Grant, from University of Iowa in 1969-1970. Hasna was awarded United Nations Environment Programme Global 500 Laureate, at UN Earth Summit in 1992.She has been a Visiting Scholar at University of Oxford, at George Washington University and Harvard University. Her publications included Selected Poems of Jasimuddin, Women in China, Women for Water Sharing, Royal Bengal Tiger, A Thousand Year Old Bengali Mystic Poetry, Eastern Himalayan Culture, Ecology and People, Revisiting China after 32 Years, Forest in Cloud, PEN Bangladesh, Mystic Poetry of Bangladesh, and Where Women Rule, South Asia. Many of her poems were also published in journals and anthologies.

 

THE LITTLE SYRIAN REFUGEE

He is going on not stopping His four year old senses tell him to keep on moving
beyond whoever directed him
to go on to find his mom and sister

He is going on he did not stop
For he must find his mom
He is carrying his mom’s and sister’s clothes in a bag
Across the desert
Whoever has prompted him
As his passport to safety
He is guided by none
He keeps going until he finds his mom

 

PELARIAN KECIL DARI SYRIA

Dia terus berjalan, tidak berhenti
Logik umur 4 tahunnya menyuruh dia terus bergerak Walau pun tiada sesiapa menyuruhnya berbuat begitu Dia terus berjalan untuk mencari ibu dan kakaknya

Dia terus berjalan dan tidak berhenti Kerana dia mesti mencari ibunya Dalam beg di tangannya dia membawa pakaian ibu dan kakaknya Menyeberangi padang pasir
Siapalah yang menyuruh dia buat begitu
Sebagai penjamin keselamatannya
Dia tidak dipandu oleh sesiapa
Dia hanya mahu meneruskan perjalanan hingga berjumpa ibunya.

 


Translated into BAHASA MELAYU by Siti Ruqaiyah HASHIM

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

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