A Place To Live


you try to place yourself in this world
up from where your soul blooms
on the skin 
over the earth’s crusts 
open-close your eyes
to feel alive

how can this burning chest
holding the air in your lungs
are you really a holy creation,
you asked yourself in silence

maybe one day you open your eyes
and you find yourself behind bars
buried under the dirty plates
sleeping next to sewage
eat from garbage can
and you once asked yourself
what made your life so different

sometimes, 
it ain’t as pretty, it ain’t as clear, it ain’t as glory 
as everything you thought would come
that’s how it is

but have you ever felt inside
the sound of popping sprouts
growing from a black silence
tracing sunlight
and from the deep silence
if only they follow the light,
they’ll bloom
stronger in pain
if only they
follow the light

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Ruang Hidup

kau coba menempatkan dirimu di dunia
tinggi dimana jiwamu mekar
di kulit
di lapisan kerak bumi
membuka-tutup matamu
‘tuk merasa hidup

bagaimana dada yang terbakar ini
menahan udara di parumu
sungguhkah kau ciptaan suci,
kau tanya dirimu dalam senyap

mungkin suatu hari kau buka mata
dan kau temukan dirimu di balik jeruji
terkubur piring-piring kotor
tidur di samping selokan
makan dari pembuangan sampah
dan kau bertanya pada dirimu
apa yang membedakan hidupmu

terkadang,
tak secantik, tak seterang, tak semegah
semua yang kau pikir akan singgah
begitulah adanya

tapi pernahkah kau rasakan dalam dirimu
suara benih merekah
tumbuh dari senyap gelap
mencari jejak cahaya
dan dari kedalaman senyap 
jika saja mereka mengikuti cahaya,
mereka kan mekar
kian kuat dalam luka
jika saja mereka
mengikuti cahaya

Poetry Prairie – 2016

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