" Poetry is very private, it's the percolating and regurgitating of inner thoughts.."- A Malay poet
' Duri dan Api'..a collection of Allahyarham Usman Awang's poems. Found this old book when clearing the bookshelf last 2 weeks and it actually belong to my late uncle. Cant believe the price of this book was only $2.70..( compared to expensive books in market nowadays..).
i never read any poetry book before, even poems in newspapers. Other than not really interested in it, perhaps also b'cos i dont want to be influenced by other ppls' way in expressing their words. Going through the yellowed pages of the book, reading some of the poems repeatedly, trying to comprehend the meanings of each and hoping to understand the feeling of the writer..quite a struggle though, sadly enough..it was not a successful attempt. Hmm.., can i say that a poet is kind-of a romantic person, deep and thoughtful..perhaps quite introvert or inward, who chooses to say things and voice their feelings through writings...hmm...
Here's one of the poems, that im quite attracted to, but couldnt really understand what it means. Perhaps some of you wanna share some views. Nway, enjoy reading it readers, perhaps it might give us some new insights about things we never realised before.
jika kau berikan dengan kedua tanganmu
yang mengalir dari hati dan kandungan
dari ujud rasa yang maha agung
akan kutatang ia di dulang hatiku
telah kita tunggu sejak pertama hati menguntum
tiada terusik oleh segala selisih rasa
sebab ia tinggi mengepak di puncak menara
dengan kedamaiannya dalam jalinan setangkai senyum
bila ia menjelma dan suaranya memanggil nama bapa
bisikkan padanya segala kisah yang tercipta
antara ibu dan ayah yang mengujudkan nama setia..
-singapura, januari 1964