Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Timor Island: A Poem by Yohanes Manhitu


Pah Timor

Pah Timor, pah amasat.
Ho kanme lo nfomèn
onlê haumenî afomenib pah.

Ho kanme matekâ
nâko batan ntea batan,
nâko kuan talantea kota,
nâko ‘nuüf talantea tasi-ninen.
Sekau es ka nahín fa ho kanam?

Oras neno nsae, ho mmeûsín
onlê noinmutî aklimâ,
ma oras neno ntés,
ho mmolok onlê mnatû apinat.

Atoni nâko neonsaet, neontés,
nâko knaben-ahinet
talantea knaben-amonot
nahín ho sekau ko.

Pah Timor, ho es ainaf ko
neu kanan ho sufam ma ho kaüm.
Mönen henait ho sufam
a-nnaon nsasuna pah-pinan
ma oke-te nfainneman
he nâlatan ho kanam!
Ò,…Pah Timor, pah amasat,
pah afomenit.

Jogjakarta, 4 Funboës 2002


Timor Island

Timor island, beautiful island.
Your name is as fragrant
as sandalwood
granting fragrance to the island.


Your name is called
from generation to generation,
from the village to the town;
from the mountain to the seashore
Who does not know your name?


When the sun rises,
you are as bright as silver;
and when the sun sets,
you are as shiny as gold.


Men from the east, from the west,
from the north,
and the south
know who you are.


Timor island, you are the mother
of your descendents.
Pray so that they go from one country to another
and then come home
to praise your name!
Oh……Timor island, the island of beauty,
the island of fragrance.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi Brother, I am glad that you wrote a poem about Timor.I just hope that more people from Timor will read this poem.
Beta jadi pikir tentang pulau Cendana yang satu and khusus ini, tentang bagaimana ketong yang adalah anak-anak daerah ini,bisa membuat pulau ini menjadi harum, seharum CENDANA.Sukses selalu dengan semua karyamu.
Salam:"Kara Fratino"

Yohanes Manhitu said...

Kara Fratino, mi ege dankas vin pro viajn belajn vortojn pri la poemo. Mi ankaux esperas ke multaj personoj legos gxin kaj pensos pri la arbo kiu antaux multaj jaroj cxiam invitis la okcidentanojn al nia bela insulo - Pah Timor.

Bondezirojn: Via Frato