At dawn tomorrow, when the land is a blanket of white,
I’ll leave. I know, you're waiting for me to come to you. I will walk the deep forest and mountain's height. I can no longer live, so far away from you. - Victor Hugo
Discovered at the point of despair
Brings all senses to a grinding halt
Time is frozen, we dance in that moment
Where the world we believe, ceases to exist
There shines a brilliant tunnel of light
It takes me to you, incredibly true
I have to merely, follow serendipity
Such discovery, I will drown in sensual delight
At dawn tomorrow, when the land is a blanket of white…
This heady romantic glow cannot last
Its energy is like a shooting star
Travelling the universe at lightning speed
It grows within like a torturous need
And yet, as it burns, it runs out of fuel
The cold star travels its course forever
Ashes to ashes, before passion disappears
Even for one as lovely as you, I know it is true
I’ll leave. I know, you're waiting for me to come to you
Alas, with each step that drags me away
It is only my heart that I leave behind
I thus wonder, how will I live through this pain
How do I get the scent of you out of my mind
And as the last bright spark of light
Fades away and darkness falls through
I know now I will walk the rest of my days
Willing you to appear within my sight
I will walk the deep forest and mountain's height.
Having tasted what was mine for an instant
The memory sears through eternity
Within the chaos of change, the only constant
As I breathe, think, live and dream
What do I do, what do I do
Where do I find solace for my lost love
my own arrogance, my self destruction
For in the end, i realize the bitter truth
I can no longer live, so far away from you.
Demain Dès l'Aube
Demain, dès l'aube, à l'heure où blanchit la campagne, Je partirai. Vois-tu, je sais que tu m'attends. J'irai par la forêt, j'irai par la montagne. Je ne puis demeurer loin de toi plus longtemps. - Victor Hugo _____________________________________________ For Poets United Writers are Lovers
HIKAYAT - From The Ancient Malay Kingdoms was shortlisted for the Malaysian PNM-RTM Book Awards. Voting begins tomorrow and will close on 28th September 2013.
Here is a video on HIKAYAT with a wonderful introduction by Resensi host, Sayed Munawar.
I am thrilled and humbled that HIKAYAT was shortlisted for this nationwide award.
TOP 10 List so far:
1 Contengan Jalanan / Hlovate
2 I love you, stupid! / Melur Jelita
3 Hikayat : From The Ancient Malay Kingdoms / retold by ninotaziz
4 Cinta high class & cintaku kerana agamamu / Fatimah Syarha, Farhan Hadi
5 Cucur bawang & kopi 'o' / Hasrudi Jawawi
6 Hingga hujung waktu / Saidee Nor Azam
7 My precious Iris / Melur Jelita
8 Kembara sastera Nisah Haron : United Kingdom dan Dublin / Nisah Haron
9 Berjuta warna pelangi / Iris Ixora
10 Kuasa kata : dari lisan mengalir ke lautan aksara / sebuah memoir Mahaya Mohd. Yassin
Title : Hikayat - From The Ancient Malay Kingdoms
ISBN : 978-967-61-2540-8
Penulis - ninotaziz
Dewi Tara was a princess of Srivijaya in Sumatera, Indonesia. She married the Sailendran king Sumaratungga, who in the ninth century completed the largest Bhuddist temple on earth, today known as Borobodur. The bas-relief above adorns the Borobodur temple. Generally they illustrate the Jataka tales and other literature. However, on the third tier, if I am not mistaken, they depict actual scenes from the Sailendran court life.
I visited Borobodur in June this year with my daughter Inas. Without a guide, I despaired at ever finding the actual illustrations (miles of them all around the temple) I was interested in, i.e. the above scenes. But I did! Just about the time I was to give up, I turned the corner and found, first the ship! Then the court life illustrations. The pot above, is proof that centuries later, and we still love the same beautiful things in life. I have such terra-cotta pots in my garden and the house.
Inas, at the site of Prambanan
where 1000 temples were built in a night
(I'll tell you about it one day, Brian)
The Nusantara princesses were key to many peaceful treaties. It would be shocking today, but in reality, these marriages still exist throughout royal houses from the east and the west.
Tengku Mariam of Pahang married Sultan Sulaiman of Terengganu in 1913 and brought a full gamelan set with her. The Sultan loved his queen deeply and did everything he could to give the gamelan the exposure and support to become popular and revered. The Tengku Ampuan recorded the dances and her principal dancers taught other palace performers this graceful art form and orchestra music.
Once again I find the story of how the late Mubin Sheppard saved a piece of our heritage. Years later he found Tengku Ampuan Mariam's gamelan set in Istana Kolam, set about finding the old masters to revive the art.
It is said that this song, the Lambang Sari was written by Tengku Ampuan Mariam herself.