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Shade - A Poem

Updated on July 7, 2017

Hello, Friends.

This poem originally written in Indonesian. When trying to translating it in English, I realized that the most appropriate way to translate the poem so it can have same meaning and same nuance in English language is to compose it in archaic English. Unfortunately my ability is remarkably limited, if it is none at all to do just that. I often have incorrect grammar in everyday English, let alone write in archaic English. Because of this limitation of mine, I tried to write this poem using simple English only. Hopefully the meanings not shifting too far from what I mean.

so, please enjoy and sorry for the grammatical error.

Have a nice day, my friend.

Freya Cesare


At estuary of the heart

Soft humming of the wind

Carrying fragrant flowers of the northern desert

Cradles thought which already tired of being prisoner

Gurgling of water stroking an ancient rocks

Washed feet with its freshness

Amid the noisy city, I jumped

Into the World inside his aura

Without hope,


Relying completely

To the miracles of night’s prayers

Shade ...

And then heart endowed

By glimmer of peace

Will the Almighty allowing me

To set resting place in overnight?

Or still I have to make many steps

Into thousands sunless worlds?

At the foot of Thee, Ya Rabb,

I fully surrendering myself, insha Allah

and start everything with Bismillah ...

Yogyakarta, May 3, 2012,

When I became trully amazed at the glimpse of the future right in front of me



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    Freya Cesare 6 months ago from Borneo Island, Indonesia

    My friends, I'm sorry for this awfully late reply. I've been away for so long but I'll try to comeback often now.

    Cathy Nerujen, how are you?

    Movie Master, my English is rusty. Mostly right at the moment. But thank you.

    Uzma Shaheen Bhatti, what a beautiful name. I'm glad you like it.

    Deborah Brook Langford, thank you. I often see you around facebook. How are you?

    Gypsy Rose Lee, you are so kind. Thank you.

    Ruby Jean Fuller, thank you very much.

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    Cathy Nerujen 5 years ago from Edge of Reality and Known Space

    Your poems are always lovely and you describe the images in words beautifully.... you write like a painter with words... :)

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    Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

    How I love your poetry Freya - and your english is excellent!

    Voting up and awesome

    Best wishes Lesley

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    Uzma Shaheen Bhatti 5 years ago from Lahore,Pakistan

    beautiful poem,

    "At the foot of Thee, Ya Rabb,

    I fully surrendering myself, insha Allah

    and start everything with Bismillah ..."

    loved these up and sharing.

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    Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

    voted up simply beautiful

    blessings to you


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    Gypsy Rose Lee 5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

    Voted up and awesome. Could almost hear the trickling of the water. Well done.

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    Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

    Oh this is so beautiful. I am overwhelmed with the beauty of your soul..Thank you my friend..

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    Freya Cesare 5 years ago from Borneo Island, Indonesia

    Ah, that's the word! Why I couldn't able to grabbed it before? thank you, for the comment and the suggestion. ^_^

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    Jim Higgins 5 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

    "Estuary of the heart," "water stroking an ancient rock,"such beautiful images! You write much better in English than I (or most readers) ever could in Indonesian. Up, beautiful!