Literary Tujuhbelasan #12 The Children

The Indonesian text here is an edited version of a quote from a Rumi inspired passage in the book “Mamonisme” by Maman A Majid Binfas of Jakarta. It means “Give a home to their bodies but not to their souls. Their souls reside in the future.”

My English lines are inspired by an American equivalent of Rumi, country singer Paul Siebel.

Lest we forget: children can unite us.

Without them our world dies.

Geoff Fox 31st December 2020 Down Under

Austral-Indonesian Tujuhbelasan #15 Bung Karno and Maman AMB

Good mannered culture opposes the insulting barbarous global culture: “Who are you and !?/Who am I if not you?/Who are you if not yourself?/Who are you if not me?”

On this date in 1937, a new Asian imperialism commenced the massacre called the rape of Nanking.

In contrast, Indonesian culture combines the passion of revolution with soft calm kebersamaan – togetherness.

Geoff Fox, 13 December, 2020, Down Under