SELECTED POEMS

Eunos

Di balik bongkah-bongkah batu
dan bau-bau besi yang dibakar
diri sebuah daerah
degupannya
deras

Eunos,
Tanpa paus
Tetap berarus
Tempat yang tiada tandus

Bernadi urat
Berakar dahan
dari
Geylang ke
Kembangan ke
Payar Lebar ke
Ubi

Beralun azan
Berzikir takbir
dari
Darul Aman ke
Abdul Razak ke
Wak Tanjong ke
Kassim

Di sinilah kita
Kekal kita

by Zulfadli Rashid
(2017)


Eunos

Behind the blocks of stone
and whiffs of burnt iron
exists a place,
its heartbeat throbbing
fast

Eunos,
Without the whale
Current continues
Where it is not barren

Pulsating veins
Rooted branches
from
Geylang to
Kembangan to
Payar Lebar to
Ubi

Lilting adhan
Chanting takbir
from
Darul Aman to
Abdul Razak to
Wak Tanjong to
Kassim

Here we are
For eternity

by Zulfadli Rashid
translated from the Malay by Annaliza Bakri
(2017)

 

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