If you love poetry you are in for a treat, because today I came across this powerful poem written by Indonesian poet- Chairil Anwar (1922-1949), who rebelled against Dutch colonial rule, and wrote with intense passion. A poem “Me” also known as “Aku” was chanted during rallies and protests in the declaration of rebellion.
You can learn more about Chairil Anwar here
When my time comes
No one’s going to cry for me,
And you won’t, either
The hell with all those tears!
I’m a wild beast
Driven out of the herd
Bullets may pierce my skin
But I’ll keep coming,
Carrying forward my wounds and my pain
Until suffering disappears
And I won’t give a damn
I want to live another thousand years
Translated from the Indonesian by Burton Raffel.
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