I thought a June rain was only written in a poetry But, I see it cover up my town almost everyday Making the sky mourn and people lose their intentions to run the jobs I thought a June rain was only a piece of poetic phrase But, it’s too nostalgic to be missed or ignore even by a passerby or a girl who curled up under the blanket
I thought a June rain was just a myth But, it’s an anomaly that caused by human greed so, our mother earth is angry and let go of her wrath to everybody *)
June 23rd, 2021
*) This poem was inspired by Sapardi Djoko Damono’s most well-known works, HujanBulan Juni, with one of the most iconic line that frequently quoted is “Tiada yang lebih tabah dari hujan di bulan Juni…“
Itdoesn’t need words to make you stunned Cause it’s created to please your ears Once in a while it will drive you in a dance On another day your feeling will be messed
But, the words are here to talk to those who are breathe to those who are burried Unite with the tone to complete the puzzle piece of stories And blow a spirit to the dying imagination so that it will be alive once again
In this jungle, we’re eyewitnesses of the cruelty and injustice Everysecond is like cards that we bet on gambling table This is our battlefield of goals and ambitions, because homeland can’t grow hopes anymore Some of them will stand with their heads up, the others have to go home with their heads down. In this jungle, darkness turns into an uncertainty and ignorance Misleading us, away from the destination, and we’ll get lost more if we can’t find any right direction
For some students, history might be a boring subject. It might be a teacher who doesn’t know how to attract students’ interest in history or the students don’t like to memorize years and figures in every historical events.
I’ve heard one of my friend said, “It’s just past events. Why should we care about something that left behind?” Do you think the same?
I won’t write about the importance of studying or learning history here. But, I want to talk a little bit about historical fiction.
Some of you might love fiction. No matter what the genres are. It can be romance, action, thriller, drama, horror, fantasy, science fiction (sci-fi) etc. But, how about historical fiction?
If you think that historical fiction is the same as your history text book, I can tell you that’s not true. As its name, it’s written based on historical event. So, writing a historical fiction means timeline, places, nuances, situations and the event itself must be suitable with the historical facts.
Then, where’s the fiction touch in it? The fiction touch can be found in the characters of the stories.
Lately, I’ve been trying to read historical fiction. My father have many books of this genre. So, I’ll read some pages during my leisure and I try to finish them.
Well, let me tell you some reasons why you should read a historical fiction (from my perspective).
Reading a historical fiction is one of the bestyet fun way to study or learnhistory. You don’t need to memorize years, places, figures event agreement’s content like when you read your history text book. Just enjoy the story and you still get knowledge or information about what happened in that eras. I think it will make you understand the history better.
It gives you some life lessons that would be relevant to nowadays and the future. Beside having a better understanding of the history itself, you can get life lessons or moral values of the stories. So, the answer of my friend’s question above is learning history (even though through historical fiction) can be a good reminder for everyone to not falling into the same mistakes in the future.
You can enjoy the storyline, characters, relationship between the characters, character development, dialogues, actions, even the beauty of the words without losing a focus on historical values
You can find humanist sides from the characters of the story. Although a character is described as a brave hero or idealist activist who’s struggling for freedom and justice, he/she is just a human with strength and weakness. He/she could have fragile and emotional side. And you might not find this kind of little piece in your text book.
Do you like to read historical fiction? What historical fiction is your favorite and why? Let’s share.