LIKE SWEET ALYSSUM: Poem by Ewith Bahar

Spring days come, spring days go
But love like life, stays
Reborn every morning every night
Mesmerizing like serenade composition

As spring approaches,
A light exists
Sending its orange bliss
With a brand new philosophy

Sweet season is caught in my black tresses
In cozy patios with rosy roses
And in the balmy two sealed lips

Un-winged and anonymous dreams
Are killed every time the eyes open
leaving chartreuse seeds of reality
which will live through any seasons
like sweet alyssum

spring days, embellishing the ordinary
but life will come to a standstill
and love follows with a fragrance of eternity

Indonesian version

BAGAI BUNGA ALYSSUM

Musim semi datang dan pergi
Tapi cinta senantiasa ada
Selalu lahir lagi tiap malam tiap pagi
Memukau laksana komposisi serenada

Saat musim semi singgah
Cahaya memendar
Mengirimkan keriangan jingganya
Bersama filosofi baru

Musim yang indah terperangkap di sela rerambut hitamku
Di patio-patio yang nyaman berhiaskan ros merah muda
Dan tentu, juga pada sepasang bibir yang saling taut

Mimpi-mimpi asing tanpa sayap dalam tidur kita
Terbunuh setiap kali kita membuka mata
menyisakan benih-benih hijau realita
yang akan tumbuh di musim apa saja
bagai bunga alyssum

musim semi, memperindah hal-hal yang biasa
tapi hidup akan sampai pada titik akhir
Dan cinta menyusulnya dengan wangi keabadian.

EWITH BAHAR, Indonasia

About the author

Ewith Bahar is a poetess, novelist, editor and translator from Indonesia. She was once a TV host for several cultural and musical programs at TVRI (a government TV station). She has written 8 books and become editor for more than 10 books. In 2019, one of her books, Sonata Borobudur, got a prestigious prize from Indonesian National Library. Now, she is also known as a public speaker for Creative Writing and Bibliotherapy.