First published in The Jakarta Post Weekender, May 2012 issue.
Available only in Indonesia.
Notes were made by Pak Mukhlisin Azis
First published at the Rainbow Reading Garden’s blog
Seeing is believing
Reading is bliss
And sharing is even more so
“Seeing is believing.” Cliché, I know, but that’s the most appropriate expression I could think of about my recent visit to The Rainbow Reading Garden in Flores. I have heard about the Garden for the longest time. But never could have I imagined the view, the feeling, and the impact it has on me until I visited the gardens myself and saw them with my own eyes.
It was raining cats and dogs that Saturday morning, when we slowly came to stop after driving for about an hour from Labuan Bajo. We have arrived at Kampung Roe, which hosted one of the 23 Rainbow Reading Gardens (to date).
Currently available in Indonesian only.
Note by Mukhlisin Aziz
Currently available only in Indonesian language.
Note was made by Mukhlisin Aziz.
a.k.a Longing (II)
There were five of us
He spoke of sincerity, of acceptance, of returning to purity
Of the Truth that we forever long for
Whether we know it or not
I sat in silence, eyes closed
Trying to sense the feeling that exists
That doesn’t feel like it exists
a.k.a Longing (I)
Doesn’t necessarily dissolve upon encounter
Like how I felt
The last time we were together
The clock was ticking, and we were drowned
In intimate converse, spread with a dash of laughter and occasional silence
With nothing—or no one—between us
Until it was time to part