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In the silence, I’ll find you and you’ll find me
Down by the river, we see our reflection dancing
How fate has brought us here!
The bride of life, the lover of death
Living in a new diorama
where laughter is cry and cry is the only laughter

Bearing the womb of heaven closing the gate to the present

… and we live in the future.

Masquerade

Starting as one
Departing as two
Leaving as half
Dreaming as one

Time stops. Time cries.
Love overflows. Bloody rain.
It’s all hidden.
Behind a Peter Pan mask.

Jakarta, June 11, 2010

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Wajah Sendu Senja Jakarta

Kutatap langit merah merona bagai gadis remaja dimabuk asmara
Bunga bersemi di lautan kisah sebuah negeri di awan
Meramu masa kecil seekor merpati kala ia merenungkan imaji hayatnya
dan ia kembali pada titik-titik ….

Bus kota meraung mencari mencurangi waktu dan kesempatan
dan motor-motor menderu berpetualang menantang dewa kematian
Masing-masing bertanya, akankah mereka kembali?
Titik-titik … berhamburan memecah pandang

Seorang anak kecil mempertaruhkan nasib di senar-senar sebuah gitar usang
menyanyikan lagu percintaan penuh gairah
Sesekali ia mencari cinta di antara melodi dan kata-kata
dan ia pun kembali pada titik-titik …

Aku memikirkannya
Sesekali, selagi sempat
Sekelebat menyelusup di antara lembar-lembar berita sore
… Aku juga adalah titik-titik

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A night to remember

This night you whisper away fears lingering in my heart
Wrapping my trembling soul with the sheer of joy
As if ocean flowing in our eyes
Aligned together, betraying the time who wants to hold us still

And you read our story engraved in our heart
Reciting beauty in my ears
We hold our hands together
Growing the seed in our longing

Let’s rejoice!
What blessing God has granted for us!
Two souls on the crossing path
Opening the gate of infinity
When they smile and say, “Hello”

also inspired by Pablo Neruda’s

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First and Ever Verse

Drifting in the ocean
The siren calling out my name
Whispering God’s secret
The tale of heaven and hell
When they collided and here we are
Born in the earth, the Eden of our banishment

But I didn’t look
I didn’t breathe nor see
I am the restless wave
Crawling, running away from the void inside
I am the shattered glass
In the tip of the writer’s ink
Worshipping melancholy, the romance of every tear

Lurking in my mind, you and your story
On the steep reefs
Enticing our fate
Dancing with our boat
Winking at our future
Leaping from the sparkle in our eyes

Will I ever hear your voice
Will I ever touch your lips
Feel the warmth of your hug
Holding me dear
Murmuring our innocence
Gleaming in the sea of civilization

The time is running still
The wind is waiting
Where our heart shall be headed
Where our soul shall lie forever still


inspired by Pablo Neruda’s poetry in Il Postino

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I Like For You To Be Still

I like for you to be still
It is as though you are absent
And you hear me from far away
And my voice does not touch you
It seems as though your eyes had flown away
And it seems that a kiss had sealed your mouth
As all things are filled with my soul
You emerge from the things
Filled with my soul
You are like my soul
A butterfly of dream
And you are like the word: Melancholy

I like for you to be still
And you seem far away
It sounds as though you are lamenting
A butterfly cooing like a dove
And you hear me from far away
And my voice does not reach you
Let me come to be still in your silence
And let me talk to you with your silence
That is bright as a lamp
Simple, as a ring
You are like the night
With its stillness and constellations
Your silence is that of a star
As remote and candid

I like for you to be still
It is as though you are absent
Distant and full of sorrow
So you would’ve died
One word then, One smile is enough
And I’m happy;
Happy that it’s not true

by: Pablo Neruda
(Il Postino Soundtrack)

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on the fourth avenue

on the fourth avenue, the night said hi
and the rain wiped away my tears
as the sky played its finest overture
wrapping my stone cold heart with the gladness of warmth

when I glanced the lonely street,
I yearned for your eyes
looking deep into my wound
and telling me, ‘it’s gonna be alright’

but my dear,
the night will die soon
and the sun shall soon enlighten me
about the beauty of limitless dream
and the lovely smile it brings

as I regain my steps
I’ll take our memory and hope with me
enticing the fate
once again

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“hello” and “good night”

listening to the water marching in the backdoor
flowing rhythm to the ears of the lost conscience
ready to grasp the distance between fragile mirrors in our eyes
longing to say, “hello” and “good night”


Jakarta, 4th February 2010
Melancholy rain

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di sela jiwa yang merindu

Surya memancar di sisi tempat tidurku

Menerangi ketermenunganku dari kelambu malam

Mengenang kekasih, memandang dari jauh

Fatamorgana lanskap angan melukis istana kasih

Luka merekah bagai bunga di padang pasir

Rumput-rumput membentang bagai mimpi

Bungkam ragu yang terbit di sudut cakrawala malam

Bintang-bintang pun tersipu malu

Menyaksikan bulan biru di sela jiwa yang merindu

Kalau saat ini, kututup kenangan kita

Akankah kau bertanya,

“Ke manakah kau hari ini?”

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Ode to Women

Smart and strong woman is beautiful
because she owns her way in this world

Gentle and loving woman is beautiful
With her tender heart, she grows the world

Her calm and passionate beauty saves the world
Her smiles are the oasis in the desert
As her tears drop, the earth blossoms in the rain of pink petals
Glory to her enchanting beauty!

She’s a dim of light in the lost restless soul
The saints recite their faith in every of her step
and God stays in every of her touch

In her prayer, every hope is made flesh
as she bears life in her heart
and compassion shines in her soul

She’s the jewel of the world
Guardian of heaven’s and hell’s gate
As from love, she was made
and for love, she shall die

Jakarta, 24th January 2010

image, “Lotus Flower” by Yun Shou-ping

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