Untuk Asrul


awan-awan yang mengagumkan

melewati bulan yang sudah biasanya

demikian : -ditinggalkan sendirian-


sambil menangkap pandang-pandang penuh

terkumpul dalam jarring malam benderang

pandang jenuh oleh dahaga hampa


bulan, bila dunia telah sunyi

tidak ada manusianya lagi, untuk siapa

kemilau tubuh langsat diusap awan



awan pun mulai minggir, kau terjerat

antara ranting, tergelincir, dan tenggelam

oleh nelayan tertangkap, bersama ikan

putih-putih dihela ke darat


pantai telah bersih, nelayan hendak pulang

segera, tak ada yagn tertinggal lagi

o ya bulan, dengan gerak ramah (hampir

tertinggal menggelepar) dipungut,

dilempar kembali 


For Asrul 


The marvelous clouds

pass by the moon long accustomed

to this : loneliness


capturing the glances

gathered in the net of bright night,

glances bored with an empty longing


moon, when the night is silent

and man gone, who does the juice

of your sugar yellow body belong to,

crushed in the caress of the clouds


the clouds begin to part, you are caught

trembling, in the branches, and sink,

taken by a fisherman together

with the white fish in his net


the beach is empty, he is returning home

quickly, nothing remains

except for the moon (he almost 

forgot it), with a friendly gesture

the fisherman lifts the moon’s quivering body

and throws it


into the ocean


4 Responses so far.

  1. Frank Wright says:

    Frank Wright is a contemporary Afrikaans poet. He enjoyed “Lone Fisherman” very much – the images in this sensitive poem are stirring and the poem is unforgetable.

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