“Ars Poetica” (Archibald MacLeish, U.S.Poet & Educator)

A poem should be palpable and mute
As a globed fruit,

Dumb
As old medallions to the thumb,

Silent as the sleeve-worn stone
Of casement ledges where the moss has grown–

A poem should be wordless
As the flight of birds.

A poem should be motionless in time
As the moon climbs,

Leaving, as the moon releases
Twig by twig the night-entangled trees,

Leaving, as the moon behind the winter leaves,
Memory by memory the mind–

A poem should be motionless in time
As the moon climbs.

A poem should be equal to:
Not true.

For all the history of grief
An empty doorway and a maple leaf

For love
The leaning grasses and two lights above the sea–

A poem should not mean
But be.
* * * * *
Terjemahan oleh Pak Arif Subiyanto, penerjemah Eleven Minutes (Paulo Coelho), State of Fear (Michael Crichton), dan The Highest Tide (Jim Lynch).
Puisi mestinya nyata meski tak bersuara
Ibarat buah ranum dalam genggaman

Halus dan hening,
Seperti medali tua diusap jemari,

Senyap, bagaikan deretan batu tua di tepian jendela
Yang ditumbuhi lumut tebal–

Puisi mestinya tanpa kata-kata
Seperti kepakan sayap burung beterbangan.

Puisi harusnya diam membeku
Seperti bulan yang gemulai, pelahan meniti bentang langit malam,

Membebaskan, seperti bulan
Yang melepaskan cabang demi cabang pepohonan di pekatnya malam,

Tinggalkan kenangan yang membekas di relung pikiran,
Bagai rembulan yang biarkan luruh dedaunan di musim salju–

Puisi harusnya diam membeku,
Seperti rembulan gemulai menapaki bentang langit malam.

Puisi harusnya lepas dari segala majas dan ibarat.

Untuk guratkan kisah segala duka,
Hanya tersisa sebuah pintu hampa dan sehelai daun kering.

Buat perikan kisah segala cinta,
Hanya tersisa liuk bilah rerumputan dan pendar cahaya di atas lautan.

Puisi tak harus bermakna,
Namun dia harus ada.

 

Merci beaucoup, Monsieur🙂


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Author: Rini Nurul

Ngeblog bukan "guilty pleasure". Blog-lah rumah, sedangkan jejaring sosial hanya pos ronda.

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