Sekuntum Sajak: ‘Rizal: 29 Disember 1896’

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Rizal: 29 Disember 1896

Kau pernah menulis Ultimo Adios*mu pada malam begini
kerana percaya, seni itu lebih kekal sebagai pusaka
peluru hanya mampu menamatkan riwayat
tapi idea-idea berkembang
& sejarah tetap bergolak.

88 tahun setelah kau ditembak
baktimu pada seni & ilmu menjadi lambang
memantulkan berbagai-bagai tafsiran
tentang tugas & pengorbanan.

*Ultimo Adios – karya terakhir Jose Rizal, sekuntum sajak.
Ditulis: 29 Disember 1984
Bedok, Singapura
Tulisan: Rasiah Halil.

Rizal: 29 December 1896 (Translation)

You wrote your ‘Ultimo Adios’* tonight
because you believe that art is more durable as heritage
bullets may only end lives
but ideas go forth
& history will roll on in turbulence.

88 years after you were shot
your work for art & scholarship becomes a symbol
reflecting multiple interpretations
of duty & sacrifice.

*Title of Jose Rizal’s last literary piece, a poem.
Written in Malay by: Rasiah Halil
Written: 29 December 1984
Bedok, Singapore
Translated by: Muhammad Haji Salleh.

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