To Gesang Martohartono
Written by Nurel Javissyarqi
Translated by Agus B. Harianto
Your stream tells the story of old man
sitting on the cluster of clay.
Staring at the rolling of waves
the fog and the sun caressing.
Nets of the wind pulses
as strong as bosom of suspiciously fishermen by net.
Exploring the depth of character
singing the keroncong of soul.
Anonymous flowers from the village,
soul communion of the season of silent.
Reaches boat of thousands ages
cleared by tears as strong as teak tress.
Your songs and ballads flow the longing
to penetrate the limit of bile.
*) keroncong is a kind of old Javanese song, usually sings with special pitch of the singer, and now it’s no longer popular.