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Sitor Situmorang remembers his Batak childhood

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, April 13 2008   /  12:35 pm

Wind and Water of Lake Toba
Wind and Water of this lake
remembering I still hear
their tales in silence
tales over thousands of years
about the past and
the future
wishing to understand
what childhood meant
whispers of conscience
of endless time
in the sinking seconds
drowning
spell-bound melting away
Water-weeds sway
At the very bottom
The latest poem written
on April 1 by Sitor Situmorang
Temporary translation
by Kunang Helmi
Sitor Situmorang who was born on Oct. 24, 1924, in Harianboho, Samosir, North Sumatra, is a poet, writer and journalist. Sitor said last week that he had left the shores of his home on the northwest shores of Lake Toba as a young boy by boat to continue his education. His...