Rubaiyat untuk Kalimantan

A poem by Daniel Speziale written in traditional Persian verse form.

Hutan menangis tanpa bersuara;
kita dicuri langit dan udara.
Manusia lawan, gaduh, salahkan:
kiamat datang pun tak nak bersaudara.

Lihat langit terbuka itu kebebasan
tapi jerebu jadikan kita tahanan,
pandangan bermimpi insan terkurung,
dipisahkan dari matahari dan perbintangan.

Dibakar monyet, dicekik burung,
dihalau pribumi, dibersihkan gunung.
Kita semua bayar dengan pernafasan,
agar beberapa ketua syarikat beruntung.

Amat tua hutan Kalimantan.
Tapi umur tua jarang dihormatkan.
Si tamak takkan kenyang, laut akan naik;
di bawah airnya akan insan berperpaduan.

© Daniel Speziale. Not to be reproduced or modified without the permission of the author.

Daniele Speziale studied at Penanti Secondary School in Bukit Mertajam as a 17-year-old exchange student and later as a political science research intern at USM – and he has been passionate about Malaysia ever since. Now a political science graduate from Leiden University in the Netherlands, he lives in Italy

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Hari
Hari
29 Sep 2019 6.45am

Seems to be no limit for greediness. Thirst for materialism destroying the planet and killing human kind.