Napowrimo 2014 Post#27 Sampan di tepi muara

Okay so today’s poem is a little different than what I usually do. I tried to write this in English but it didn’t sound quite right to me, so I wrote it in Malay instead. I took this picture in 2013 in a little fishing village in Malacca, Malaysia. And this phrase, “Sampan di tepi muara” kept stuck in my head since last year.

The title means small rowing boats by the side of the estuary. Sampans are small row boats, fishermen in this village go out at dawn to go fishing till late afternoon. Oftentimes, their catch is never enough. So their wives would usually take the tiny fish their husband caught and make into dried salted fish to sell in the markets.

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Tatkala subuh mendatang
Nelayan berpusu-pusu ke sampan mereka
Sampan ditambat di tepi muara
Setiap hari harus mendayung
Mencari ikan untuk menyara hidup
Seharian mencari rezeki di laut tidak akan cukup
Terikan mentari sungguh menyengat
Untuk menyara keluarga harus tetap semangat
Si Istri di rumah menjemur ikan dihalaman
Ikan kering di buat jualan
Menambahkan pendapatan harian
Anak-anak di sekolah mencari ilmu pengetahuan
Terus berusaha membaiki kehidupan
Untuk masa hadapan yang cerah
Walaupun kehidupan sekarang ini sangat susah.

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10 thoughts on “Napowrimo 2014 Post#27 Sampan di tepi muara

  1. Gallivanta says:

    I am in awe of your ability to write poetry in more than one language.

  2. Beautiful photo ! Great post! Thank you! ♫

  3. susanissima says:

    Thank you for the explanation, the photo (gorgeous) and the lovely sample of Malay writing. I just love your blog!

  4. Love the the black & white photo– so settled and beautiful.

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