Friday, September 29, 2006

SINGING WITH A FISH [9]

SKY (2)
I'm searching for your veiled plinth.
Only rain is pouring down in torrents.
Your hanging roof is miraculous and ravishing.
I notice the black and white scars intersect form pole to pole.
Stars parade the concourse of the cosmos.
God, how dare I sleep without being thankful.
By
DARMA MOHAMMAD
[Translated from Bahasa Melayu by the author]
The poem LANGIT (2), [SKY (2)] is taken from may anthology of poems "JANJANG IKTIKAF" published by Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka, Kuala Lumpur, 2003.
This is the Bahasa Melayu version of the poem.
LANGIT (2)
Aku mencari jenangmu yang terhijab.
Hanya bondong hujan berguguran.
Kau bumbung bergantung ajaib dan indah.
Kulihat bilur hitam putih menyilang dari kutub ke kutub.
Bintang berjujuk di ruang legar Buma Sakti.
Tuhan, mampukah aku tidur tanpa bersyukur.
Oleh
DARMA MOHAMMAD.

32 comments:

Nazhatulshima Nolan said...

Pak Darma,
Another beautiful piece unveils! Reading this somehow reminds me of the time when I travelled alone, to UK transit in Dubai. From the 'sky',as the plane approached the airport, tears ran down profusely when I saw the view of Kaabah,thinking when will i visit Makkah. And that was just the view from the top!

ufukhati said...

Puan shima,

It's a great pleasure to hear that. In fact you can write better than me. Thanks.

Yes, shima. Makkah is always in my mind. I've been there twice.
Insya Allah, you and your family will be the "guests" of Allah one day.

Wassalam.

Scarlet Kingsnake said...

pak Darma,

susah saya nak cakap versi yang mana yang lebih saya suka! saya suka versi bahasa Inggeris tu antaranya kerana ada "Stars parade the concorse of the cosmos" tapi saya suka versi asal juga kerana adanya "Kulihat bilur hitam putih menyilang dari kutub ke kutub". saya memang suka ayat sebegini. tapi saya melihat akhirnya itulah yang paling kuat sekali! saya beranggapan (sekadar anggapan saya, barangkali saya tersilap), pak Darma sengaja menggunakan "tidur" kerana ia satu fitrah yang lazim dan jelas; dan sepatutnya ia dapat mengheret dan mendidik pembaca yang mahu berfikir kepada pemahaman deduktif untuk situasi lain (maksud saya, adakah keadaan yang "terkecuali" dari mensyukuriNya?). terima kasih tuan kerana menulis sajak ini. saya cuma berharap satu hari nanti, saya akan berupaya menulis sajak yang sebegini juga.

Christine Klocek-Lim said...

"how dare I sleep without being thankful." This is so beautiful and so deeply true. This is how I so often feel.

dumbdodi said...

Ufu,
Great lines again....yes indeed how can we sleep with being grateful for all god has gifted us with- nature, our body, our mind...

Just read you went twice to Makkah, you really must be blessed. In India many of our family friends visited makkah and I have been to their mini-welcome functions where they share with everyone the dates and other things they bring from there....
:-) I just remembered that

ufukhati said...

Sdr.scarlet,

Terima kasih atas respons sdr.

Saya tulis sajak itu dalam tahun 1991 setelah sekian saya fikirkan tentang Allah ciptakan "langit" itu yang begitu ajaib. Lalu terscetuslah sajak itu.

"Langit" memang satu ciptaan yang ajaib kerana ia boleh ditafsir dari berbagai aspek. "Langit" mungkin di atas tetapi mungkin "tidak di atas kita". Apa lagi kalau dalam bahasa Inggeris "Sky" maknanya lebih daripada itu.

Kita sama-samalah meneroka (mentafsir) alam ciptaan Tuhan.

ufukhati said...

Christine,

Thanks for your impression.

"Sky" is always there. I collect wonderful images from it.

Again, thank you.

ufukhati said...

ddd,

Value nature, meaning value life.

I'm searching for these :

Where is the boundary of the "sky" and where are the pillars of it? And In English the meaning of the "sky" goes more deeper.

ddd,

You mention about the "dates" earlier. Now is the month of "Ramadhan" in Islamic calendar and we Muslims are fasting. We take "dates" for breaking fast before taking our staple foods.

Thanks for sharing.

Don Iannone said...

Beautifully said! Stirring Ufukhati.

ufukhati said...

don,

I'm dreaming of beautiful life.
And I was stimulated by the magic of nature.

Thanks don.

starry nights said...

Really beautiful. Thank you for sharing. Somehow brought tears to my eyes.

ufukhati said...

starry nights,

Hai, I'm so sorry.

Why are you so dejected? Or am I wrongly interpreted. On the contrary "happiness" ever induces tears too.

Any how, keep calm.

Thank you.

Senandung malam said...

salam perkenalan buat pak darma... selamat ramdhan al-mubarak. mudah -mudahan ramdhan memberi 1001 makna buat kita. ada kesempatan jemput singgah di blog saya

ufukhati said...

Sdr.senandung malam,

Selamat berkenalan.
Baru sekejap saya lawati blog sdr. Tulisan sdr. itu memang menginsafkan. Patut menjadi renungan semua.

Sehingga jumpa lagi.
Wassalam.

Poetry by Kai said...

wow

ufukhati said...

kai,

I like to hear your "WOW".

My whisper is "HAI". Do you hear that?

Thank you, kai.

Poetry by Kai said...

beautiful poetry
with words, feelings, & love

Poetry by Kai said...

ya i hear that
:)

iamnasra said...

How dare we are not been thankful (You hit the core with this line) we often forget that all the beauty has been created by Allah) and most of time we miss to be thankful for those blessings that we have..Thank you

ufukhati said...

kai,

Of course you do.

Thanks.

ufukhati said...

nasra,

I keep on uttering : "AlhamdulilLah". It's a wonderful life here and Ramadhan is truly observed.

Thank you nasra, for very pertinent insight.

samuru999 said...

Thank you for the visit to my blog!
What a beautiful poem!
Just amazing!

Margie

alah bahasa said...

Pak Darma,

You have a rare gift - you write equally well in both Malay & English. That's why a person like yourself can only be satisfied if you translate your pieces yourself.

To me, this piece is a wake-up call - if those of us blessed with eyes can't appreciate His creations, we're being ungrateful. I work with some tunanetra folks on Saturdays and when i notice how thankful and appreciative they are of their blessings, I feel so puny and inadequate.

Thank you for posting this, Pak Darma. wish I can talk these stuff with you P2P.

alb

sue said...

Pak Darma,
a good piece and thank you.

Alam ciptaan Tuhan sentiasa menjadi inspirasi didlm semua aspek kehidupan, apa yg lahir dari dalam diri kita sebenarnya adalah yg digerakkan dan dicetuskan dr persekitaran, that's the beauty of art to interpret the beauty of God's Creation

ufukhati said...

samuru,

Thank you. Nice and sweet.

ufukhati said...

alah bahasa,

"I like your smile.
I love your praise."

If "demo" come to Kelantan, do please contact "kawe". I am looking forward to meeting "demo" and have a P2P session.

"Kawe" (am) not a translater like "demo". Just "hentam kromo". If I'm not translating my poem myself, who will do it? No one!
I just want to make friends with bloggers inside and outside Malaysia. And it works.

En.Latif : Happy Ramadhan + Happy Hari Raya. Maaf Zahir Batin.

ufukhati said...

sue,

Indahnya ciptaan Tuhan. Sampai bila pun tak akan habis untuk ditulis.

Sama-sama kita renung dan berfikir tentang kebesaran-NYA.

Think nature Remember God.

Selamat menghayati Ramadhan.

Calabar Gal said...

Lovely!!!

Nashé Abdillah said...

Pak Darma,

This poem is beautifully crafted, loaded with meaningful lines. Love them both, either in English or Malay :)

ufukhati said...

calabar gal,
&
nashe,

Thanks for visiting.

For both of you:

Words flow.
Poems fly.
And they reside
in the human's heart.

---dm---

~albazrah~ said...

Salam Pak Darma, lama pula saya tak masuk sini rasanya...

Jazakumullah atas puisi yang sungguh dalam maknanya itu.

ufukhati said...

albazrah,

Terima kasih. Selamat menghayati Ramadhan.