Literature

[KISAH]: JINGGA KALA SENJA – AKSARA

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ACT I – AKSARA

SCENE I. An Apartment, San Francisco.

It was many and many a year ago,
In a kingdom by the sea,
That a maiden there lived whom you may know
By the name of ANNABEL LEE;
And this maiden she lived with no other thought
Than to love and be loved by me.

I was a child and she was a child,
In this kingdom by the sea;
But we loved with a love that was more than love-
I and my Annabel Lee;
With a love that the winged seraphs of heaven
Coveted her and me.

And this was the reason that, long ago,
In this kingdom by the sea,
A wind blew out of a cloud, chilling
My beautiful Annabel Lee;
So that her highborn kinsman came
And bore her away from me,
To shut her up in a sepulchre
In this kingdom by the sea.

The angels, not half so happy in heaven,
Went envying her and me-
Yes!- that was the reason (as all men know,
In this kingdom by the sea)
That the wind came out of the cloud by night,
Chilling and killing my Annabel Lee.

But our love it was stronger by far than the love
Of those who were older than we-
Of many far wiser than we-
And neither the angels in heaven above,
Nor the demons down under the sea,
Can ever dissever my soul from the soul
Of the beautiful Annabel Lee.

For the moon never beams without bringing me dreams
Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;
And the stars never rise but I feel the bright eyes
Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;
And so, all the night-tide, I lie down by the side
Of my darling- my darling- my life and my bride,
In the sepulchre there by the sea,
In her tomb by the sounding sea.

-Annabel Lee, Edgar Allan Poe

There we sat, not in the kingdom by the sea, but in his own room, the clock on the far wall was clicking unrelentingly thus making such eerie sound reverberating to each nook and cranny; it was rather a peculiar night: still, dissolved like diluted ink, almost disquieting in its serenity.

I was a child and he was a child, though people would address us as mere teens with our blissful and joyous adolescence days, but here we were, not in the kingdom by the sea, with I reading this poem to him. I did not have to make him to listen to my regular reading because he had always been conveniently fascinated by it, maybe it was my voice or somewhere between the verse. I would never know. I liked it when he would be completely captured in my reading, tilting his head to one side without uttering a word, his careful eyes bored into mine, we barely broke the staring-contest just because I had memorized each word by the heart.

When I reminisce to this memory, it was vivid and bright, perfectly clear. Just like a pictureperfect memory, there was only he and I, with the limitations reaching infinity, crystallized in this moment forever. I restored it in the secret box at the back of my head.

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[JURNAL TENTANG KEKUATAN]: BICARA

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Saya tidak tahu harus memulai darimana karena rasanya dalam hidup saya segalanya tersusun dalam fragmen acak tanpa susunan pasti.

Saya pun ingin bicara namun tak kuasa membuka mulut. Telah mencoba menghampiri seseorang untuk mengeluarkan apa yang menyumbat batang pernapasan dan rongga dada. Lagi, saya tak sanggup. Saya terlalu takut karena jika saya bicara maka bakal keluar segala keluhan bahkan mungkin kemarahan yang tidak semestinya.

Karena suatu kali sempat terlintas dalam benak untuk menggugat Tuhan.

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Gunung Hutan, Lingkungan Hidup

[CERPEN]: AJIAN GITA

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In frame: H. Trahasdani (during a recess, Mt. Argopuro, East Java)

Sinopsis:

Kau yang sedang mencinta, kembali lah kepada realita. Kepada yang hatinya terbelenggu dan tertambat, jangan tertukar antara racun dan obat. Kepada kau yang terjatuh dan tersesat, jangan kau lepas pegangan yang kian menguat.

Ketika Gita berkata bahwa ia merindukan Rengganis.

♫♪ || Banda Neira – Kau Keluhkan (Esok Pasti Jumpa); Ke Entah Berantah; Yang Patah Tumbuh, Yang Hilang Berganti.


“ Kita bakal ikut. “

Aji tidak menyahut.

Apa yang ia pikirkan? Bahwa perjalanan lima hari empat malam menempuh trek puluhan kilometer bakal semudah itu? Dan kini ia berencana untuk melakukannya sendirian. Dia pasti sudah gila.

Sejurus kemudian ia bergumam, “ Gita ingin kesana. “

Lalu kenapa? Saya nyaris menyerukan kalimat itu tepat di telinganya. Ini adalah gunung dengan trek terpanjang di Pulau Jawa. Persetan bahwa ia telah menjelajahi Sindoro menyambung Sumbing dan Slamet. Atau menapaki hutan Lawu dengan keril terisi penuh seringan melangkahi jalanan beraspal. Atau dia sudah bolak-balik menyambangi Semeru, Kerinci, dan Latimojong bersama kawan sekolah atau konco kuliah. Atau ketika ia marathon Merapi-Merbabu hanya karena dorongan impulsif lantaran ia masih kuat untuk lanjut. Atau bahwa ia pernah melakukan ekspedisi ke belantara Kalimantan selama sekian minggu. Atau ketika ia tersesat di hutan lumut belantara Argopuro dua tahun lalu dengan kehabisan logistik dan hanya bermodalkan peta, kompas, dan korek api.

Pendakian tidak akan pernah sama. Walaupun itu adalah gunung dan trek yang sama. Atau bahkan kawan jalan yang sama. Hal-hal yang terjadi, momen yang terlewati, waktu yang dinanti, segalanya pasti berbeda. Apa yang ia pikirkan?

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