Translation – Chairil Anwar: Patience (kesabaran)

by indonotes

Patience

A can’t sleep
People chatting, dogs yapping
The distant world fades away
The darkness a stone wall
Pounded by incessant noise
Besides fire and ash

I want to speak
My voice is gone, my strength flown
Enough! Nothing’s happening!
Its a haughty world, take heed

The harshness freezing river water
And life no longer lives

I repeat the past again
With ears covered, eyes closed against the glare
Awaiting the inevitable abatement

Kesabaran

Aku tak bisa tidur
Orang ngomong, anjing nggonggong
Dunia jauh mengabur
Kelam mendinding batu
Dihantam suara bertalu-talu
Di sebelahnya api dan abu

Aku hendak bicara
Suaraku hilang, tenaga terbang
Sudah! Tidak jadi apa-apa
Ini dunia enggan disapa, ambil perduli

Keras membeku air kali
Dan hidup bukan hidup lagi

Kuulangi yang dulu kembali
Sambil bertutup telinga, berpicing mata
Menunggu reda yang mesti tiba.

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