Poem | Independence Day in Pandemic

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August comes with warmth
free us from wet months
taking us out of cold

August brings an eternal flame
from the hearts burning with spirit;
minds that are craving for freedom;
and hands that are working for eternity

August sings a hymn
about an anniversary that’s celebrated by silence
cause everyone hides in their room
afraid of making longer list of new cases

We welcome August in grief
cause statistic is still increasing
meanwhile we keep growing our apathy
like everything is fine

We’re free but bound to an agreement of ‘do’s and don’t’
We can’t step out of the lines between
cause freedom should make a human human

Yogyakarta, August 17th, 2020-11.09 a.m.

*) Happy 75th Independence Day of Indonesia

Poem | Small Notes on Independence Day

source : publicholidays.co.id

[Singing] “…Indonesia raya merdeka merdeka
Tanahku negeriku yang kucinta
Indonesia raya merdeka merdeka
Hiduplah Indonesia raya”

-pieces of Indonesian National Anthem, Indonesia Raya-

“Merdeka” is not only about how loud you sing Indonesia Raya
“Merdeka” is not only about how strong you stand in the sun heat during a flag ceremony
“Merdeka” is not only about how often you participate in Independence Day celebrations (in Indonesia we called it tujuhbelasan)
“Merdeka” is not only about how you memorize the names of national heroes and historical events complete with the year of its occurence

“Merdeka” is about how you advance the nation’s civilization with what you have
Stretch out your hands
to those who live in poverty
Use your strength
to protect those who are weak
Use your power
to uphold the law and justice
don’t let the rulers play with the law
don’t let the justice be bought by bourgeouis family
Light their hearts and minds
with knowledge and wisdom
don’t let them be cruel and heartless oppressors

No more tears
No more bloodshed
No more barrier
We are used to living in difference
but, we are able to move together
and I don’t want anyone to destroy it

Yogyakarta, August 17th, 2019-10.00 a.m.-on 74th Indonesian Independence Day

*) notes : “Merdeka” is a word in the Indonesian and Malay language meaning independent or free.