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Zakariya encore

In English, Reading matters on 02/10/2010 at 1:27 pm

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This coming Monday the Outlook section of the Bangkok Post will carry five poems by this year’s winner of the SEA Write Award, Zakariya Amataya. A sixth poem fell off the page, a victim to rampant advertising. Here it is.

A dot on the Malay Peninsula

1

A river
A mountain
Stars
At night
I’m looking at
A river
A mountain
Stars
That slowly vanish in the dark
I can’t see
Even my own hand
And then everything is darkness
And then everything is darkness

2

A dot on the Malay Peninsula
A river
A mountain
Stars
I feel blood flowing nonstop
One arm beginning to feel numb
Pain spreading through the whole body
Pulse now slowing down
Breath a murmur
As if in a tussle with the fist of fate
Between mountain and river
Between death and life
With laments and laughs all along

3

A dot on the Malay Peninsula
A river
A mountain
Stars
In total silence
I hear peace sobbing
And uttering yells that resound
Along sundry roads
Around the city clock tower
On dinner tables, in teashops
In mosques and Buddhist temples
And yet … no one hears
It’s true, no one hears
No one hears
I see the weary face
And battered eyes of peace
Brimming with tears of sadness
Which flow and join a river

4

A dot on the Malay Peninsula
A river
A mountain
Stars
I try
But blood won’t stop flowing
The other arm beginning to feel numb
Pain storming the heart
While little cuts look like red fountain jets

As if slit by a million krisses

5

A dot on the Malay Peninsula
A river
A mountain
Stars
I feel the blood has stopped flowing
Heartbeats gone with the last breath
While the eyes begin to blur
Visions in the head shine bright
I see myself in youth
Running up and down ridges
To look at that river
And those sparkling stars

6

A dot on the Malay Peninsula
A river
A mountain
Stars
I hear birdsong
And the helicopter’s roar over the trees
The rattle of the bullets
And the blasts of the bombs

7

A dot on the Malay Peninsula
A river
A mountain
Stars – fading off
And then suddenly gone from my memory

  1. […] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Gabriel Gaytán-Ariza, Museológica. Museológica said: "A dot on the Malay Peninsula", Zakariya Amataya: http://bit.ly/aoJo8h – "While the eyes begin to blur / Visions in the head shine bright". […]

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