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Tiap kali aku menapak bumimu England
Bagai bangau menghinggapi kerbau
Ombak beralun balik ke tepi pantai
Hujan renyai menyerapi bumi;
Sebentar rasa pulang
Seketika rasa puas
Sekejap rasa tenang;
Seolah dibelai penawar rindu
Menumpang kasih di pangkuan ibu susu.

Bukan kerana untung dan megah
Dapat memeluk gading bertuah.
Lebih dari itu –
Tanduk kerbau ku genggam kukuh
Kampung halaman teratak berteduh
Tetap ku tatang, tetap ku sayang.

Namun kau England –
Menusuk zahir batinku
Membuai mimpi dulu
Mengimbas ingatan lalu
Fatamorgana syurga abadi di kalbu;

Jiwamu England tetap ku rindu.

(London, 21 Jun 1997)

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  1. 1 NanaDJ
    April 18, 2010 at 4:26 pm

    Halimah,

    Very poignant. Am missing England too. Its been quite a while! Rindu you akan terubat tidak lama lagi, how I envy you.

  2. 2 ninitalk
    April 18, 2010 at 5:16 pm

    I have this very, very tender spot for England nurtured no doubt by the wealth of English Literature – novels, short stories, poems etc – that people of our generation did from primary school right through secondary school. I chose to do a few extra years of it in university.

    I remember how we used to imagine the English countryside with its daffodils and dandelions; fairies, elves and gnomes in Enid Blyton’s books; later it was the pranks of English schoolchildren of the Famous Five and Secret Seven; still later it was roast beef and yorkshire pudding; English scones and dollops of clotted cream. I remember being in awe of Wordsworth’s poems on the Lake District and being in awe of it when I finally visited.

    Studying and living in England reaffirmed my anglophile tendencies. YES NanaDJ – soon I’ll be reunited with my many “first loves”!


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