On one Friday afternoon, my mother and I went to the grocery store with the sense of everyday normalcy. I was casually scanning the snack aisle like I would often do until I see an elderly figure at the end of the cookies section that looked strangely familiar. With his thin figure and that signature newsboy cap I thought to myself, “No, it couldn’t be.” So I rushed to her, brimming with excitement until she told me to go up to him and introduce myself. Then that’s what I did, I set aside any concerns for my disheveled look and went up to the one and only creator of in my humble opinion, two most earth-staggering sentences in the world of literature,
“Aku ingin mencintaimu dengan sederhana”
“I want to love you simply”
“Yang fana adalah waktu, kita abadi”
“Only time is perishable, we are infinite”
The man, is Sapardi Djoko Damono. A fellow English Literature graduate of Universitas Gadjah Mada, generations have loved his capability to stop us in our tracks with little gems like the two mentioned above. Words that not only capture, but move us, that it feels almost inappropriate that one does not mention his name on many books on modern Indonesian poetry. I didn’t know what I did to finally meet him, but life has a way of delivering the unexpected. Now, I do not have the knack for poetry, or fiction-writing but words are an evergreen passion of mine. Which is exactly the reason why I started a blog because writing in whatever shape or form is a way of leaving little pieces of us behind when we someday become one with the Earth once more. It is a form of bravery, to allow one to venture deep inside your thoughts through both fiction and fact with non-fiction writing. And at that, I shall leave you with a set of words by another writer of monumental influence, Pramoedya Ananta Toer.
“Karena kau menulis. Suaramu takkan padam ditelan angin, akan abadi, sampai jauh, jauh di kemudian hari,”
“Because you write. Your voice will not be swallowed by the wind, infinite, until far, far in the later days”