Caged Bird – free verse

My father had a black starling.
It loved eating kepok* banana – no, had no choice.
It sang – no, cried
It danced – no, nervous
It entertained our guests – no, tried to escape
It slept peacefully – no, dreamed nightmares days and nights
It did happily – no, a prisoner.

The cage was wires and wood.
We hoped it could talk.

Our family moved
To a much smaller home.
Our starling got neglected
How much I can feel the guilty is like a teary moment to a bloody heart!

The black starling got a home
Bigger:
My mother’s relative.

It loved eating kepok* banana – no, had no choice.
It sang – no, cried
It danced – no, nervous
It entertained our guests – no, tried to escape
It slept peacefully – no, dreamed nightmares days and nights
It did happily – no, a prisoner.

The cage was wires and wood, half we gave to it.
We hoped it could talk.

If you are dead, dear Black Starling,
Be in a peaceful moment.
Fly with your beautiful wings, black and shiny!
Feed your life with all the fresh memories.
Forget all the cages and bars.
Be the air
Be the vapour
Be the atmosphere
Be our silent guidance to the freedom out of this cage.

Thank you for your will to be our prisoner
Thank you for your sincerity to be our exhibition
Thank you for your sacrifice to feed our ego
Thank you for your life to complete our purity.

See you across the bridge.
You’ve met him, right?
Tell him you forgive us.

Yours truly,

Me

Shanghai – Dec. 15, 2018 – 12:05 noon is here

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Animal Abuser in Jakarta

Some people are very insecure, they’re afraid of sharing this world with other creatures then they start to show their selfishness by hunting and killing animals that should not be killed.

My dear friend, Jojo Lin, a stray cat feeder cum rescuer just shared with me a very sad story….

One guy riding a bike with two vicious dogs unleashed are hunting for stray cats to kill. His reason is to get rid of stray cats from the housing complex that according to him the population is soaring. He didn’t want to listen when my Friend explain that her activity includes spaying cats to control the population in the area…. This stupid idiot just does not want to listen, he even came with the leader of community (Ketua RT in Bahasa Indonesia).

One cat died this morning by a car accident when this little poor thing tried to save life from the raging dogs and the guy on the bike. Please be in peace, Mimot. Your life will be remembered and your death will be a pedestal to keep us survive to help other cats like you. Blessings to Mimot….. Your life is never a waste, buddy. You leave a lot of love and lessons to many.

We are planning to report this to Jakarta governor, Ahok Basuki Cahaya Purnama so that he can highlight that all animals should have the right to get good life in Jakarta and that animal welfare should be promoted and maintained from now own including giving the support to animal rescuers that do the right things (not them who just collect animals in cage losing the real nature of animals), promote appropriate causes pf animal welfare and educate people about animal welfare.

Fyi, this cruelty happened this very morning in the around Kebun Jeruk, West Jakarta. Below is the picture of the cruel guy, very blurred because my friend tooke picture from a distance and with big fear as he is kind of threatening her for helping the stray cats in the area.

We will follow up this seriously.

  
Singapura – November 10, 2015 – 08:35am

BUNDA JULIE

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BUNDA JULIE

Aku mengenalnya di rumah lama

Multiply

Sekarang kami tetangga desa

Beliau di Blogspot

Saya di WordPress

Tak mengapa

Kami masih bisa saling menyapa

Walau tak bisa senyaman dulu kala…

Bunda Julie

Atau Tante Julie

Seorang ibu yang bersahaja

Dengan pengalaman hidup luar biasa

Menceritakan kepahitan dan manisnya

Bagai lairan sungai menuju segara

Terima kasih atas indahnya berbagi, Bunda…

Kukirim surel menyapanya

Menanyakan informasi yang kubutuhkan saat ini

Dan dia menyepaku dengan kehangatan seorang ibu

Belaiu sedang sakit

Parah

Dan dirawat

Dengan bantuan kawan-kawannya yang setia…

Sungguh

Kau seorang ibu yang baik hati

Masih tak kumengerti bagaimana lelaki itu meninggalkanmu

Justru di hari tua

Oh, mungkin dia mendapatkan yang muda dan masih bersinar

Tapi tahukah dia?

Nyala api abadi Bunda Julie tak pernah padam.

Selalu menyinari sekitar

Dua anak lelakinya yang selalu siap melindunginya

Keluarga besarnya yang selalu menemaninya

Sahabat di dunia nyata dan maya yang selalu menyayanginya…

Semangat ya, Bunda…

Tuhan menyayangimu

Memberikanmu kehidupan yang tak terbayangkan beratnya di kepalaku

Tapi sungguh membuatku terpesona dengan kekuatanmu.

Salamku, Bunda Julie…

Selalu sayangku padamu…

29 Desember 2012 – 2:38 siang

Rumah kecilku di bantaran Kali Cisadane

Once Upon A Time When I Broke His Heart

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24 hours
And he didn’t come home
Calls were shouted
“Man, please come to me. I miss you a lot.”
But no sign…
He didn’t think I was important.
He broke my heart.
Really.

36 hours
He gave me a ring.
“I’m coming. Do prepare, I miss home already. Don’t let me down.”
He knocked on the door.
I went out.
But three musketeers were before him.
They blocked his way home.
Those three delicate creatures were kinda telling me and him that we could not be together that day.

The light in his eyes faded
Like an electricity black out.
He scolded at me in his silence…
Then walked away.
Again he looked back staring at me full of hatred…
Then walked away.

That was just yesterday when I broke his heart.

This poem is for Bob Kucing that could not enter my house because of three cats sitting at the terrace, wanting to be fed by me. Oh, Bob please hold your jealousy. You are always my number one cat. The rest are just orphans needing our help. I love you, Bob Kucing… 🙂

December 25, 2012 – 11:18pm
My small hut at Cisadane river bank

Fyi, Bob went home then and ate with mounting jealousy though he he he…

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