Translation – Chairil Anwar, My Friend and I (Kawanku dan Aku)

by indonotes

My Friend and I

We’ve both walked a good while
Piercing the mist
The rain drenches us
Ships stiffening in port

My blood congeals. I’m full to the brim.

Whose that chattering…?
My friend’s just a skeleton.
Lashing flaying vitality

He asks what’s the time?

Very late
Vanished, all purpose lost
And movement is meaningless

 

Kawanku dan Aku

Kami sama pejalan larut
Menembus kabut
Hujan mengucur badan
Berkakuan kapal di pelabuhan

Darahku mengental pekat. Aku tumpat
pedat

Siapa berkata-kata…?
Kawanku hanya rangka saja.
Karena dera mengelucak tenaga

Dia bertanya jam berapa?

Sudah larut sekali
Hilang tenggelam segala makna
Dan gerak tak punya arti.

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