MULTI COLORED PUPPET MASTER (TOK DALANG PANCA WARNA) / Poem by Siti Ruqaiyah HASHIM

Poem by Siti Ruqaiyah HASHIM

 

MULTI COLORED PUPPET MASTER

As in old tales
he didn’t die
he didn’t have beginning
he didn’t have ending
but he is always there
its not because he is magical
or so influential
but because he is cunning
riding on all influential people he supports
he is good at cheating
he is good at manipulating
human
circumstances
funds
and everything around

He is not very clean
but the people he supports cleanse him
he is not that good
but made to look good
by the leaders he support

Oh!
he loves riding on them
because his name is
multi colored puppet master

 

TOK DALANG PANCA WARNA

Seperti dalam hikayat lama
dia tidak mati
tidak ada awal tidak ada akhirnya
tapi dia sentiasa ada
bukan kerna saktinya
atau besar kuasanya
tapi kerana kebijaksanaannya
menunggang semua orang berpengaruh yang disokongnya
dia pandai menipu
memanipulasi segalanya
manusia
keadaan
dana
dan apa juga

Dia bukanlah baik sangat
tapi diperlihatkan baik
oleh pemimpin yang disokongnya
dia bukanlah bersih sangat
tapi dibersihkan oleh pemimpin yang disokongnya

Ah!
seronoknya dia menunggang
sebab Tok Dalang panca warna namanya

POEM WRITTEN AND TRANSLATED BY SITI RUQAIYAH HASHIM
FROM: NEWS FROM STRASBOURG ANTHOLOGY

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