THE ROAD ACROSS THE LOW PASS (JALAN MERINTANGI JAMBATAN RENDAH) – OYUNTSETSEG JAMSRANDORJ / Translated into  BAHASA MELAYU by Siti Ruqaiyah HASHIM 

Poem by OYUNTSETSEG JAMSRANDORJ

Oyuntsetseg Jamsrandorj was born in 1951 in Ulanbataar, Mongolia and now living in Chicago. She graduated from Mongolian National University and published poetry books. She translated over 30 books from Russian into Mongolian Language. She wrote poetry before she entered university while working in post office and publishing her poems constantly in newspapers.

 

THE ROAD ACROSS THE LOW PASS

The yellow road which crosses the low pass
bound a mother to her distant son.
Her two eyes, with its tired gaze,
watch until he disappears from sight.
In the drenching swirl of snow,
the winter hills turned quite white,
she ceases her offering of white milk,
stops looking at where he’s gone.
There are many walking on foot,
leading horses, heading our way.
My mother asks them about her son,
Offering them tea in thanks.
Her son appears within her love,
as though he had absorbed his mother’s heart
and with it, the snow, fallen on the road
across the low pass, melts.

 

JALAN MERINTANGI JAMBATAN RENDAH

Jalan berwarna kuning yang merintangi jambatan rendah. membelenggu seorang ibu kepada anak lelakinya yang telah pergi jauh.
Dua biji matanya dengan renungan sayu,
terus melihat hingga dia hilang dari pandangan,
Dalam putaran salji yang membasahkan badan
bukit-bukau musim sejuk menjadi putih
si ibu berhenti memberi susu
dan berhenti melihat arah anaknya pergi
ramai yang berjalan kaki
atau menuntun kuda ke arah kami,
Ibu ku bertanya kepada mereka tentang anaknya
dan memberi mereka teh sebagai balasan jawapan
Anaknya muncul dalam kerinduan dan kasih sayangnya Seolah-olah dia menghirup jantung ibunya
Serentak itu, salji yang turun atas jalan
Merintangi jambatan rendah itu menjadi cair

 


Translated into  BAHASA MELAYU by Siti Ruqaiyah HASHIM 

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