Friday, September 15, 2006


I unlock the door of the heart
and snap the vapour of wisdom.
The sword of soreness
is slashing my soul.
How potent the truth is
not ever scorched by the blaze.
The door of the heart
is the entry to self-essence.
[Translated and edited from Bahasa Melayu by the author.]
The poem PINTU KALBU (THE DOOR OF THE HEART) was previously published in DAKWAH, MARCH 2000 issue.


dumbdodi said...

The door of the heart
is the entry to self-essence - Great lines Ufu
Always nice to get to read you

Scarlet Kingsnake said...


saya juga rasa sangat tertarik untuk mengetahui malay counterparts yang tuan gunakan bagi "how potent the truth is not ever scorched by the blaze".

ufukhati said...


Your nice words are much and much appreciated. Welcome!

I just write what and how I wish to write.

Thank you ddd.



Baris asal puisi itu dalam Bahasa Melayu berbunyi :

"Alangkah ampuhnya kebenaran
tak rentung oleh marak api."

Saya bukan sorang penterjemah yang terlatih dan tak pernah belajar ilmu terjemahan. Saya hanya ingin membuta latihan sendiri.Dalam hal terjemahan saya perlu banyak belajar daripada sdr. Tentu sdr. sudi menolong.

(Sehubungan itu, kalau saya tak buat sendiri begitu; tak ada siapa yang ingin lakukan.)

Terima kasih sdr.

~albazrah~ said...

Insya Allah, Bila dibuka pintu hati, akan terbuka pintu2 yang lain. Masuklah, tanpa bertemu batasnya.

Rauf said...

Keep the door open always Darma

*fizzy* said...

Dear Pak Darma,
A beautiful piece I must say.
And you translated it so well.

Anyway, for your information a collegue of mine was a student of yours (SMTI 1).
It's a small world after all. =)

Thanks for stopping by my blog, Pak Darma.

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Kuan Gung said...

Great verse...very nice post...much wisdom

ufukhati said...


Saya bersetuju.

Buka pintu hati untuk kebaikan dan tutup pintu hati untuk keburukan.

Dunia menjadi tempat yang indah, aman, penuh kasih sayang, damai dan sejahtera. Bukankah itu ajaran agama kita?

ufukhati said...


First of all, I admire your journeys. Those journeys are entries to human hearts and souls.

You've opened the door of life widely.I'll try to do same.

Thank you, Rauf.

ufukhati said...


I'm happy reading your comments.

Please convey my best regards to your friend (him or her) from SMSI I, Pasir Mas. Yes, we are living in a very small world; just a click away.

Happy teaching.

Thank you.

mki said...

Pak Darma,
Saya bercerita tentang Darma Mohammad di kampung pada hujung minggu yang baru berlalu.

Kakak pertama saya berkata:Itu guru saya di sekolah Padang Midin.

Eh... kecilnya dunia.

ufukhati said...

Kuan Gung,

So much to say,
yet so few words to use.

Thank you, Kuan.

ufukhati said...

Prof. mki,

Begitu rupanya. Apa apa agaknya kakak Prof. ceritakan tentang saya. Maklum masa itu mula posting;...(?)...Banyak kenangan di Padang midin, Kuala Terengganu.

Apa nama kakak Prof. itu? Moga beliau sejahtera di samping keluarga.

Terima kasih atas ingatan kuat beliau. Salam saya untuk beliau.

Terima kasih Prof.

Plus Ultra said...

Kalau boleh...please provide the original in BM, I would really love that...lovely poem, do you know of other Malaysian blogs with poetry or the arts? Please reply to my blog if that is not too troublesome, excellent...can I put u on my links?

ufukhati said...

Dr. Ng Kian Seng,

I like to hear that.
Thank you for every thing.

Jiwa Rasa said...

Pak Darma,

I don't know why, but your title `singing with the fish' keep on reminding me of two great books;

Old Man and The Sea byErnest Hemingway & How To Travel with a Salmon by Umberto Eco. :)

ufukhati said...


1. I've read both of them.
2. The title must be creative and catchy. You ever heard the following titles been used by the famous authors eg :
-Man Are From Mars and Women Are From Venus (John Gray)
-The Five People You Meet In Heaven (Mitch Albon)
-The Call Of The Toad (Gunter Grass)
-The House of Sand and Fog (Andre Dubus III)
-Seventeen Poisoned Englishmen (Gabriel Garcia Maruez)
-The Mirrow of Ink (Jorge Luis Borges)

3. I'm trying to be "different" from my own previous titles . Its fun and cool. I think its okay.

Terima kasih En.Jiwa.(Banyak-banyak)

texas haijin said...

awesome. i'm here for any questions.

read this:

Nazhatulshima Nolan said...

I especially like
'the sword of soreness is slashing my soul'.

Read your Malay poem in Sunday's paper. Like that one ,too!

P/S: How I wish I could publish my poems. Can you guide and show me the way?

ufukhati said...



And thank you for the info.

ufukhati said...


And thanks for the info.

ufukhati said...

Puan Shima,

1.I write from my heart too, as you do. Good, if you'd read my Malay poem in Berita Minggu.

2.Ah, I don't have the answer. I write the poems, do some editing and post them to the editor. So many of them are rejected. I keep on submitting and wait. I don't care. Its nothing to lose. Those rejected poems are still mine.

3.I don't think any other way to get published. I've read many of your poems in Bahasa or in English. Frankly, you write very very well.

Thanks for your interest. And it's very rewarding.

Happy poeming!

Christine Klocek-Lim said...

"I unlock the door of the heart" If only doing so were easy! :-)

ufukhati said...


"Unlock the door of the heart" leads to the opening of the mind!

I still remember the "Door" you previously posted.

Thanks for the remarks.

Natalia L. Rudychev said...

Beautiful and insightful!

ufukhati said...


Welcome to my blog.

Thanks for the inspiring words.

Nazhatulshima Nolan said...

Pak Darma,
Such an honour to receive the compliment from you. Still trudging along this road till I gain my confidence and I could finally soar. Or do you think my time has actually come?

ez said...

Tuan Dharma,terima kasih kerana sudi menjenguk ke blog saya. Blog Tuan saya akan jadikan rujukan. Boleh ya

ufukhati said...

Puan shima,

1. It's OK and keep moving. You're on the highway now. No turning back, please. Organize your thoughts and sharpen your crafts.

2. Yes, your time has come. You've to stay. Two words should be in your hands now : in your right is GRIP and in your left is GRIT. Put them together and you'll be very definite.

Thank you, Shima.

ufukhati said...


1.Sama-sama kita meriahkan dunia penulisan ini.

2.Orang-orang muda seperti sdr. mempunyai tenaga dan idea yang banyak dan berpeluang memberi sumbangan kepada dunia persuaratn kita. Ini terletak di bahu sdr. dan rakan-rakan sdr.

3. Saya sangat ingin belajar daripada orang-orang muda seperti sdr. yang terdedah dengan pelbagai ilmu. Terus-terang saya nyatakan bahawa saya menulis semata-mata kerana minat. Perit-pedih kerana kegagalan tak terasa lagi. Saya membaca karya sdr. kerana saya ingin menimba ilmu dan berkongsi pengalaman sdr.

Selamat "Menulis Untuk Kebaikan".

mki said...

Pak Darma,

Saya dan Roza mengucapkan selamat berpuasa dan semuga dapat menyambut Syawal dalam keredhaannya.

ufukhati said...


Sama-sama kita sedaya upaya menghayati Ramadan untuk mendapat Rahmat, Keberkatan, Kemapuan dan keredaan Ilahi.

iamnasra said...

Great wished for this holy month..May Allah prufy our souls ...

iamnasra said...

Great wished for this holy month..May Allah prufy our souls ...

iamnasra said...

Great wished for this holy month..May Allah prufy our souls ...

iamnasra said...

Great wished for this holy month..May Allah prufy our souls ...

iamnasra said...

Great wished for this holy month..May Allah prufy our souls ...

iamnasra said...

Great wished for this holy month..May Allah prufy our souls ...

iamnasra said...

Great wished for this holy month..May Allah prufy our souls ...

ufukhati said...


Yes, Ramadhan is the time to purify our souls.

Thank you.

iamnasra said...

Great wished for this holy month..May Allah prufy our souls ...