Tiadalah Jemu: Gurindam 12 Fasal 5 | Episode 25

Jika hendak mengenal orang berbangsa, lihat kepada budi dan bahasa. Jika hendak mengenal orang yang berbahagia, sangat memeliharakan yang sia-sia. Jika hendak mengenal orang mulia, lihatlah kepada kelakuan dia. Jika hendak mengenal orang yang berilmu, bertanya dan belajar tiadalah jemu. Jika hendak mengenal orang yang berakal, di dalam dunia mengambil bekal. Jika hendak mengenal orang […]

Menjelang 1 Mei

A rousing poem in Bahasa Malaysia from student of agriculture Chairil Aswad, on twitter as @schwarzenmann.  First published in E-Sastera Sajak Facebook group, 30 April 2015. Translation into Inggeris mine.  Views expressed are not etc etc. Celebrating May 1 [two_first] (For Lia) The city is no longer the place for me to record my poems […]

On Children

[one_two_one_first] [/one_two_one_first][one_two_one_second] [dropcap background=”yes”]A[/dropcap]nd a woman who held a babe against her bosom said, “Speak to us of Children.” And he said: Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself. They come through you but not from you, And though they are with you, yet they […]

Gurindam 12 Fasal 5

by Raja Ali Haji (1808-1873) [two_first] This is the gurindam of the fifth issue: If you wish to know the people of high birth, in manners and speech are shown their worth. To know the people of happiness, avoid involvement in the meaningless. To know the man of high distinction, look upon his deeds and […]