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Puisi oleh Taufik Ismail

sumber: Secrets Need Words: Indonesian Poetry, 1966-1998,

edited and translated by Harry Aveling

(Athens, OH: Center for International Studies Ohio University, 2003)

 

Give Indonesia Back to Me

    Indonesia's future is two hundred million gaping mouths.

    Indonesia's future is 15-watt light globes, some white and some black, lighting alternately.

    Indonesia's future is a game of Ping-Pong, going on all day and all night with a ball shaped like a goose egg.

    Indonesia's future is the island of Java sinking under its population of one hundred million people.

        Give

        Indonesia

        back

        to me.

 

    Indonesia's future is one million people playing Ping-Pong night and day with a goose-egg under the 15-watt light globes.

    Indonesia's future is Java sinking slowly because of the weight of its burden and then the geese swimming on top of it.

    Indonesia's future is two hundred million gaping mouths, with 15-watt light globes in them, some white and some black, lightning alternately.

    Indonesia's future is white geese swimming as they play Ping-Pong on top of the sinking island of Java and taking the hundred million 15-watt globes to the bottom of the sea.

            Give

            Indonesia

            back

            to me.

 

    Indonesia's future is a game of Ping-Pong going on all day and all night with a ball shaped like a goose-egg.

    Indonesia's future is the island of Java sinking under its population of one hundred million people.

    Indonesia's future is 15-watt globes, some white and some black, lightning alternately.

    Indonesia's future is two hundred million gaping mouths.

                Give

                Indonesia

                back

                to me.

 

                                                1971.