05
May
10

 

MOTHERS DAY

In memory of my late mother Khadijah Abdul Manan (1914 -1983):

KHADIJAH

Beloved wife of a leader –
Your strength and fortitude,
Courage and observance,
Gave him his
To serve the ummah and be their guide
In life’s mortality.

Forbearing lover of a man,
Whose chartered course in life
To heal the sick and steer the state
To heights of dignity,
Chained you to mortal time
But freed your mind’s heart
To be wise, Woman –
With a wisdom not schooled
In the circuitous philosophical bent
Of learned ulamas with fancy beards,
Of smart professors in learned gowns.
Yours was the wisdom of experience,
Of tasting the sweet bitterness
Of living and dying.

Beautiful Khadijah of his heart,
Fair temperer of his dreams,
Patient healer of his soul,
Blithe liberator of his spirit,
You eased his path and made his vision clear.
In doing so,
Your gift is life’s immortality,
To nurture forth compassion and sympathy.

The love you gave to all humanity
God’s gift to you so dear –
But giving so, you lived and died alone.
Leaving him aggrieved
And children cherished to mourn
Your selfless and caring time on earth,
Without demand or terse condition.

Beloved Khadijah and Mother, for you we yearn.

KHADIJAH

Isteri pemimpin tersayang
Kekuatan dan ketabahanmu
Keberanian dan ketaatan
Memberinya segala-gala
Mengabdi dan memimpin umat
Dalam hidup sementara.

Kekasih penyabar lelaki yang
Lekak-liku hidupnya ditakdir
Membetah insan lemah dan menjunjung maruah negara
Ke tahap termulia,
Menggari masa fanamu
Namun membebas lubuk akal
Menjadi Wanita arif –
Dengan kewajaran yang tidak terdidik
Dalam putaran lengkok falsafah
Ulama bijak berhias janggut,
Profesor bistari berjubah ilmiah.
Kebijaksanaanmu bersulam asam garam
Ulam manis kepahitan
Alam hidup dan mati.

Khadijah, penawar indah hatinya
Peringan lembut mimpinya,
Pembetah sabar batinnya,
Pelepas girang jiwanya,
Kamu meredai jalan dan menerangi cahaya matanya
Kerelaanmu
Dianugerah kasih abadi
Membelai belas kasihan.

Kasihmu pada insan melata
Kurnia anugerah Ilahi
Namun dengan pemberian ini,
Hidup dan mati seorang.
Meninggalnya bersedih,
Anak manja berkabung, merenung kembali
Jasa dan cinta mulia di alam fana
Tanpa pinta, tanpa paksa.

Khadijah dan Bonda tersayang ku rindu

 

(Kuala Lumpur, 1998)

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