Two Strays

Name your feelings

Identify them as madness

Your beating heart bleeding

Overloaded with aggression

 

The ground shifts beneath your feet

The air thickens as you try to flee

Spoken rage but unheard of

A man trapped in this hellhole

 

Thief and liar

Filthy criminal

Born in a dumpster

Been looking everywhere for a cure

You stab yourself deep just to be sure

were you raised around the truth?

 

Day and night

Scavenging through leftovers

With teeth of a canine

Biting hope to satisfy your hunger

 

Grew up in this world

Little safety, broken order

Shots fired in the street

No rest for the wicked

 

Taking lives is easy

God knows how many you’ve killed

And here you are

Singing your little warrior to sleep

Kissing him good night

Anything you’d do and give

Any more soul you’d kill

Just for another year to raise him right

Curious Eyes

There’s a song about a boy

Who wondered why the sky was blue

He ran through sands of joy

With curious eyes he admired the pale moon

 

He asked his father

“Ayah, apakah laut ada ujungnya?” (“Dad, does the sea have an end?”)

His dad, a fisherman, burst out with laughter

“Kenapa ayah tertawa?” (“Why are you laughing?”)

 

During the day he’d bathe in sunlight

Imitate the scream of an eagle

At nightfall he’d bring a lantern to a hut

Open a shabby book and solve a riddle

 

He’d dream of seeing the world

The one he had heard about from his teacher

The world of colourful birds

Abandoned temples and storms that make you shudder

 

Blow, he blew winds on a grassland

Find, he found his friend in hide and seek

Shout, he shouted on a mountain so grand

Punch, he punched a basket full of fish so stink

 

He learned so much and demanded more

Until he finally found his gate

That led him out of local folklore

His fate was for himself to dictate

 

He craved for knowledge, and bit by bit he searched

He saw the world and tasted a drop of the universe

 

And now he’s back home

Trying to catch a breath between lines

Of a story he’s telling everyone about Rome

Where majestic statues and friendly people reside

 

His son then appeared

“Ayah, apakah ada laut di Roma?” (Is there a sea in Rome?”)

He didn’t laugh but instead said

“Mau ikut ayah ke sana untuk mencari jawabannya?” (Want to come with me to find the answer?”)

 

He had given his legacy

But the song didn’t end. It would never end