LOVE IN THE TIMES OF AL NAKBA (CINTA DI ERA AL NAKBA) / Poem by Siti Ruqaiyah HASHIM

Poem by Siti Ruqaiyah HASHIM

 

LOVE IN THE TIMES OF AL NAKBA

My man
thank you
for trying to fathom
between the battles of the soul
and the waves of love to you
and seeing every grain
more than
the dances of a gypsy woman

My man
you are getting closer
recognizing the rhytms of my footsteps
between the foggy dictions whispered
during our love dialogue
of yester year
while you were still dazed
guessing and testing
the enigmatic lake of my heart
the depth of trench of my soul
at breakfast table
during lunch
dinner
during journey
when holding me tight
as if not letting me go
when parting
and in shyness of being watched
I buried my face of love on your chest
and you make me promised
I will not go back to miseries

My man
thank you
for still trying
to build bridges of understanding
until this moment
and not giving up easily
though engulfed by darkness
without even a word

My man
thank you
in waves of thorny obstacles
ocean of fire and non-stop missiles
we are still there
as how you want it
as how I want it
as what we promised
during the most beautiful fall of yesteryear

CINTA DI ERA AL NAKBA

Lelaki ku
terima kasih
kerana semakin cuba memahami
antara gejolak jiwa
dan ombak cinta ku

kepada mu
dan melihat segalanya
lebih daripada
tari seorang perempuan gipsi

Dan engkau semakin dekat
mengenali rentak langkah ku
dalam samar kata yang ku bisikkan
waktu dialog cinta
tempoh hari
waktu engkau masih termangu
menduga dan menguji
enigma tasik hati ku
dan dalamnya lubuk jiwa ku
di meja sarapan
waktu makan tengahari
makan malam
dalam perjalanan
ketika mendakap erat
seperti tidak mahu melepaskan
ku benamkan wajah cinta di dada mu
dengan janji

aku tidak akan balik kepada kedukaan

Lelaki ku
terima kasih
kerana tetap berusaha
membina jambatan kefahaman
dalam denai onak berduri
hingga ke saat ini
dan tidak mudah berputus asa
walau diselimuti kegelapan
tanpa sepatah kata
dalam timbunan helaian godaan liar didatangkan
tapi kita tetap tahu
kita masih tetap di situ

Ah! Mereka kalah lagi

Lelaki ku
terima kasih
dalam ombak ranjau berduri
lautan api dan peluru berpandu tak henti-henti
kita tetap di situ
seperti mau mu
seperti mau ku
seperti janji kita
di musim gugur paling indah yang lalu

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