I just go with the time flow,
but all of a sudden I grow old,
and all the memories of you
are getting fades, my love.
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Ever since I woke up every day
a dull piece of words keep hitting me
again and again and make me
leave all of those things behind.
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It’s just a matter of time, my love,
until we vanish and all of
these wounds are forgotten.

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Ah, why should I taste this fucking shit food
in a restaurant, if I had a wife back home that
can cook much way better than a chef?
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Ah, why should I waste my money and time
for fucking around, if I had a wife back home
that can give me pleasure for fucking free?
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No, you might not get it, I’m not saying that
my wife only good at kitchen and bed,
but for a woman, she has to make sure
that those two things are listed on
the things that she might good at.
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⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Ah, Ibu, segalanya tak mesti uang,
dan uang bukanlah segalanya.
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Sebab jika semua orang hidup
dalam keadaan sejahtera,
roda perekonomian pasti
akan mandek di situ-situ saja.
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Negara akan kehilangan para petani,
nelayan, guru, pekerja kasar,
pemulung, penyair, pejabat,
bahkan pelacur-pelacurnya.
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Ah, Ibu, kemiskinan memang
sudah terlalu kompleks,
bahkan untuk ditulis
dalam sajak sesampah ini.
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Choose! Choose it carefully!
Or you might be stuck with it
for the rest of your life.
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Choose! Choose it wisely!
Because it might become
a heaven or hell when you
wake up early in the morning.
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Choose! Choose for it patiently!
Like you only live for tomorrow.

⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

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⠀⠀⠀Beberapa waktu yang lalu, ada yang bertanya kepada saya, “Apakah untuk menulis sebuah puisi kita harus mempelajari semua teori dan teknik penulisannya, bukankah puisi itu boleh ditulis sebebas mungkin?”

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⠀⠀⠀Membaca pertanyaan ini, saya jadi mengingat lagi sebuah kredo dari pak Sutardji Calzoum Bachri, yang mengatakan bahwa kata-kata itu…

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When I was just a little boy,
my mother used to say
that to become a man
I just need to grow up,
have a great job, get married,
have a couple children,
and live a decent life.
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
As for my father,
in his whole life, he has never
asked anything from me
except to be useful
to the people around me.
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
But now, both of them are gone,
and one thing that I know for sure
is that whatever their demands on me,
they just want me to live happily.
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Jujur, dulu saya sempat berpikir bahwa menjadi penulis adalah hal yang bisa dikatakan gampang, segampang membalikkan telapak tangan. Padahal pada kenyataannya, itu adalah hal yang amatlah susah untuk dilakukan, semisal kita ingin memanjat pohon kelapa tapi sambil kayang.

Pada awalnya saya memang menganggap remeh dunia kepenulisan ini, anggapan saya dulu…

It’s a mistake to love you,
I admit it.
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
It’s a disaster to miss you,
I deserve it.
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
But when it’s the reason
to leave you, I hated it.
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Cause no matter how
strong the reason is,
nobody deserves a long farewell.

Robi Aulia Abdi

For me, writing a poem and enjoying the process of it is one way to appreciate the language itself.

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