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FelIN MEMORIAM

ITHAKA

As you set out for Ithaka

hope the voyage is a long one

full of adventure, full of discovery.

Laistrygonians and Cyclops

angry Poseidon – don’t be afraid of them:

you’ll never find things like that on your way

as long as you keep your thoughts raised high,

as long as a rare excitement

stirs your spirit and your body.

Laistrygonians and Cyclops,

wild Poseidon – you won’t encounter them

unless you bring them along inside your soul,

unless your soul sets them up in front of you.

Hope the voyage is a long one.

May there be many a summer morning when

with what pleasure, what joy

you come into harbours seen for the first time;

may you stop at Phoenician trading stations

to buy fine things,

mother of pearl and coral, amber and ebony,

sensual perfume of every kind –

as many sensual perfumes as you can,

and may you visit many Egyptian cities

to gather stores of knowledge from their scholars.

Keep Ithaka always in your mind.

Arriving there is what you are destined for.

But do not hurry the journey at all.

Better if it lasts for years,

so you are old by the time you reach the island

wealthy with all you have gained on the way

not expecting Ithaka to make you rich.

Ithaka gave you the marvellous journey.

Without her you would not have set out.

She has nothing left to give you now.

And if you find her poor, Ithaka won’t have fooled you.

Wise as you will have become, so full of experience,

you will have understood by then what these Ithakas mean.

 

—in memory of THE ANCIENT MARINER—

 

SEBUT NAMAKU DALAM DOAMU

  Kau sudah melintas jalan,

Nun jauh rasanya, tak terkejar olehku.

Mendaki gunung, menyeberang lautan,

Nak sampai rasanya ke puncak harapan

Sempadan dunia seluas impian.

Aku masih di sini

Dalam putaran lubuk pusar akal;

Enggan bergerak kakiku,

Berat diangkat tanganku,

Tak punya maya dan daya nak berderas

Mengejarmu.

Aku tak khuatir

Kau jujur menimba untung

Dari ikhtiar peluh kudratmu.

Tak mengapa masa tersingkat

Buatku mengadu,

Kerana aku pasti

Kau sebut namaku dalam doamu.

 

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    July 21, 2009 at 11:23 am

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