Ode To Broken Things

Things get broken
at home
like they were pushed
by an invisible, deliberate smasher.
It’s not my hands
or yours
It wasn’t the girls
with their hard fingernails
or the motion of the planet.
It wasn’t anything or anybody
It wasn’t the wind
It wasn’t the orange-colored noontime
Or night over the earth
It wasn’t even the nose or the elbow
Or the hips getting bigger
or the ankle
or the air.

The plate broke, the lamp fell
All the flower pots tumbled over
one by one. That pot
which overflowed with scarlet
in the middle of October,
it got tired from all the violets
and another empty one
rolled round and round and round
all through winter
until it was only the powder
of a flowerpot,
a broken memory, shining dust.

And that clock
whose sound
the voice of our lives,
the secret
thread of our weeks,
which released
one by one, so many hours
for honey and silence
for so many births and jobs,
that clock also
and its delicate blue guts
among the broken glass
its wide heart

Life goes on grinding up
glass, wearing out clothes
making fragments
breaking down
and what lasts through time
is like an island on a ship in the sea,
surrounded by dangerous fragility
by merciless waters and threats.

Let’s put all our treasures together
— the clocks, plates, cups cracked by the cold —
into a sack and carry them
to the sea
and let our possessions sink
into one alarming breaker
that sounds like a river.
May whatever breaks
be reconstructed by the sea
with the long labor of its tides.
So many useless things
which nobody broke
but which got broken anyway

Ada beberapa hal yang kadang bisa rusak dan tak akan pernah kembali utuh seperti semula. Seperti kisah Murakami dalam Norwegian Woods atau seperti kisah Balthazar Odyssey yang disusun Amien Maalouf. Dan puisi ini ditulis Neruda entah kapan. Tentang hal-hal sepele dan sederhana. Mengenai lampu, piring, bunga dan jam.

Ada beberapa hal yang rusak dan tak akan pernah bisa kembali utuh. Tetapi tak selalu kerusakan itu terjadi karena keinginan. Bukankah segala hal yang rusak adalah konflik. Dan tak pernah ada manusia waras yang menginginkan konflik. Tapi kemudian memang ada beberapa hal yang harus rusak dan memang telah rusak tanpa pernah kita menginginkanya.

So many useless things
which nobody broke
but which got broken anyway 


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