Si Buddha Yang Dihalau

A poem by Daniele Speziale

Photograph: avi_acl/Pixabay

Dini hari di sebuah bukit hijau
pintu biara kren-kren mengetuk
mereka disuruh perlu menghalau
si Buddha yang di dalam terduduk.

Tanpa bersenjata pun Buddha itu
Dia menghuni gua senyap dan aman
Melawan mesin pemecah batu
Bagaimana biara boleh bertahan?

Ketua syarikat simen katanya
“Rumah ibadat ini perlu diganti”
Yang ikut wang bagai agamanya
hatinya jahil murni dan suci.

“Dengan kuil baru kita gantikannya
tak dipimpin rahib tapi hartawan
gendang dinamit akan rasmikannya
hantu akan mari ganti biarawan.

Bau seranggi akan diganti habuk
kenangan dilupa warisan hapus
flora fauna dan kampung majmuk
kalau tak diusir akan tertimbus.”

Si Buddha dan hutan masih tetap kuat
doakan rumah ini takkan hilang;
ketamakan kapitalis patut disekat
dia tak tahu sembah, hanya sembah-wang.

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

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