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

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Élégie pour les papillons

(dedicated to Mr. Lang Lang, a gifted pianist)

dark
gloomy
an elegy
an adagio

dreary battlefield
muffled bells
scream
tears

a thundering
interrupted
calmed
lonely

up and fall of
human spirits
battle trumpets
the sudden call

deep, somber
funeral march
modulates into
stunning melody

dismal sense of hope
heroic march
triumphant
valiant

a vigorous cascades
powerful, emphatic
a sudden drop
into quiet

no more lip service
no more arrogant
no more promise
no more speech

(inspired by Max Ernst's The Eye of Silence)

Submitted: Wednesday, February 04, 2009
Edited: Saturday, February 07, 2009


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  • Conchita Mauer (2/10/2009 1:19:00 PM)

    Simple words with powerful meaning...i like it very much :) 10

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  • Carol Rhodes (2/9/2009 7:47:00 PM)

    Ahmad, for a moment, as I finished reading, I thought you had written a farewell, an 'At Last You're Gone' tribute to the once so-called President George Bush of the United States of America. Music going from crashing thunder to a peaceful finale embellished with hope: another day, a new dawning. May it be so! Your poems are always a joy to read. Carol

  • Sebastine Humaemo (2/9/2009 8:16:00 AM)

    sweet like never seen.....sounds like hearin a piano music while goin thr the lines.....10+++ sebastine

  • Subbaraman N V (2/9/2009 12:11:00 AM)

    Great pouring forth your heart!

  • Vinod Kumar (2/8/2009 3:21:00 AM)

    A very good traditional tribute, like a piano composing, good write Ahmed,10+

  • Fiona Davidson (2/8/2009 3:14:00 AM)

    Nice flow running through this Ahmed...good tribute...10+

  • Chitra - (2/4/2009 4:37:00 AM)

    such a wonderful tribute flowing through rhythmic verses

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