Treasure Island

Ahmad Shiddiqi

(March 7,1974 / Semarang, Central Java, Indonesia)

A Drop Of A Water


(dedicated to a great poet at poemhunter, Mohammed Al-balushi)

a hard rain
dropped last night
minutes to hours
so cold so scary

a reservoir
laid above us
from nineteen thirties
so vast so majestic

O pondering rainy night!
you said hello passionately to us
were you missing your friends here?
we felt that you are a refreshing gift

O great Situ Gintung Reservoir!
you watered tenderly our environment
were you loving your friends from up there?
we felt exactly that you are a relieving present

very long rain and old water resistant
around two until five after midnight
Situ Gintung's badly broken apart
huge water came down very fast

smashed homes, trees, and stuffs
crashed people, old and young
took our all life, rich and poor
separated from beloved ones

we cry for you, sisters
we pray for you, brothers
if a sad thing should happen
it must be happened, my friend

we weep deeply
we scream to the sky
why it must be done to you?
human and nature mourn to you

it reminds us
Flood of Noah
it reminds us
Tsunami of Aceh

it reminds us
to rethink what we've done
it reminds us
to reconsider what we've walked in

O God, who has all heavens, and earth!
Your Love is bigger than Your Anger
O God, who hold our lives and our deaths!
Your Will has happened in that pathetic morning

O God, who has sun, all planets, and all moons!
Your Grace is greater than Your Punishment
O God, who hold thunder, earthquake, and eruption!
Your Care is upon us, upon our sons and our daughters

O God, who has seas, stars, and continents!
Please, be pity on us, on your weakest creatures
O God, who hold wind, water, fire, ice, tree, animal, and soil!
Please, give mercy upon us, upon our fragile hearts, spirits, and souls

(with deepest sadness to Situ Gintung Tragedy on March 27,2009
in Tangerang, Banten, Indonesia)

Submitted: Sunday, March 29, 2009
Edited: Saturday, May 16, 2009

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  • Prince Obed de la Cruz (6/10/2010 11:54:00 AM)

    i have to read this poem again because it reminded me of the story:

    One day, a Mr. A asked Mr. B and he said, 'Til when shall you need friends'... with swift, Mr. B dropped a dropp of water to the river and Mr. B replied saying 'Until you find that dropp of water and bring them exactly to me'...

    nice write as always! (Report) Reply

  • Noel Horlanda (9/24/2009 10:23:00 PM)

    This is a brave call for global warming, climate change especially to environmentalist. A brave call to stop cutting down trees, reforestation is needed, stop using fossil fuels, use organic substances only to avoid further destruction.We need divine intervention but since we're the culprit of all these calamities, then we need the help from the entire world in order to survive.Earth is the only planet, the only home we've got, no other else so let's protect it for God's sake.Well done, pal. (Report) Reply

  • Ben Gieske (7/14/2009 8:05:00 AM)

    The thought occured to me that the most surprising thing about your poem is its title. All this began with a dropp of water. Little things are significant and can accumulate or increase or grow, etc. to become more significant in other ways. (Report) Reply

  • Ben Gieske (7/14/2009 8:02:00 AM)

    You try hard to find an explanation and comfort for so great a tragedy. In this respect you reflect the need and desire of so many. It is difficult for us to accept the fact that we live in a material world, that we are human and an unavoidable part of it, that changes happen constantly no matter the consequences. (Report) Reply

  • Sangnam Nam (5/28/2009 12:35:00 AM)

    Liquid solid gas
    animal plants and mineral -horse cactus rock

    can be humans? ? (Report) Reply

  • Malini Kadir (5/23/2009 1:46:00 AM)

    this is a soulful cry my friend! .....
    a dropp of deep tear is formed in reading.......pain is dissolved in the words that flow.... (Report) Reply

  • Sangnam Nam (5/16/2009 2:20:00 AM)

    A rainy season has begun
    and the drip of rain drops are
    the way to cool down
    the heat that's coming (Report) Reply

  • Bonnie Collins (5/6/2009 2:04:00 PM)

    A very touching write about the 'other side'of mother nature..... But at times of this, I find, that we are not to judge what and why, but to accept and move forward.... Very nicely penned.... (Report) Reply

  • Barry A. Lanier (4/12/2009 1:20:00 AM)

    reminding this reader of the essence of degrees....water is only agitated at 211 but at 212 can power locomotives..one dropp of water tingles...yet many can create havoc (Report) Reply

  • Raja Basu (4/11/2009 12:19:00 AM)

    What a beautiful way to express your respect for the departed souls of the victims. Marvelous work Ahmad. (Report) Reply

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