Saturday, November 3, 2012
We talk with the President, wearing masks
We talk with the Commander in Chief, wearing a mask
We talk with the village head, wearing masks
We say “good morning’ in class, wearing masks
We even talk with our own shadows, wearing masks
So when shall we take off the masks?
We telephone kings wearing masks
We write letters to the regent, wearing masks
We seek approval from our future in-laws, wearing masks
We attack other states wearing masks
So when shall we throw away masks?
We shake hands wearing masks
We take leave wearing masks
And we say good evening wearing masks
We even fall in love wearing masks
So when shall we burn masks?
It’s only when we go to the mosque that we don’t wear masks
Only in church that we don’t wear masks
Only at the temple, that we don’t wear masks
Only when we go to the synagogue that we don’t wear masks
It’s only when we go to the orphanage that we can wear masks
Because God and orphans do not have masks
by Anton Alimin ( I wrote this poem as soon as I got back to my room at The` Hyatt in Bandung from 'The Orphanage Bayi Sehat').
Translated by Simon Williams
Anton read the Indonesian language & Bev read the English language! Cheltenham Library in September 2012.
KIta bicara dengan presiden pakai topeng
Kita bicara dengan panglima pakai topeng
Kita bicara dengan lurah pakai topeng
Kita bilang ‘Selamat pagi’ di kelas pakai topeng
Kita bicara dengan bayang-bayang sendiripun pakai topeng
Kapan ya kita copot
Kita tilpon raja pakai topeng
Kita menulis surat ke bupati pakai topeng
Kita melamar ke calon mertua pakai topeng
Kita menyerbu negara lain pakai topeng
Kapan ya kita buang topeng?
Kita jabatan tangan pakai topeng
Kita pamitan pakai topeng
Kita bilang selamat malampun pakai topeng
Kita bercintapun pakai topeng
Kapan ya kita bakar topeng?
Hanya ke mesjid kita gak pakai topeng
Hanya ke gereja kita gak pakai topeng
Hanya ke kuil kita gak pakai topeng
Hanya ke sinagog kita gak pakai topeng
Hanya ke rumah yatim piatu kita bisa pakai topeng
Karena Tuhan dan anak-anak yatim piatu gak ada topeng!
Friday, November 2, 2012
I went to Bandung to improve my Bahasa Indonesian and I was luckily enough to visit the Panti Ashuan Bayi Sehat. As I entered the 3 story building I was warmly welcomed by Pak Y? who excitedly told me to go ahead and freely walk around the establishment. At first I was a little nervous as it was very quiet however I was then greeted by 2 young boys with the biggest smiles I have ever seen. As I walked around I was very surprised to see how tidy and clean the establishment was. The Panti Ashuan Bayi Sehat is split into 3 levels, 1st floor for boys, 2nd floor for girls and top floor for babies.
My friend and I spent time with the staff as we were setting up for our activities. We found them very friendly, professional and caring, especially the head caretaker Ibu ? who had a great sense of humor and a big heart. During this time I was able to meet many children and the loud laughter and smiles on their faces was rewarding as well as overwhelming. We spent the whole time, playing games, coloring books and talking to the children off all ages.
I was able to sneak away for a moment to visit the babies on the top floor. This was heart breaking as there were many babies there no older than 3 month old. Even though I was upset I was overwhelmed with joy as I could see the big smiles on the babies faces as well as how professional and caring the staff were.
The Panti Ashuan Bayi Sehat oozed love from both the staff and the children and I could really feel the presence of God throughout the whole establishment. The Panti Ashuan Bayi Sehat is a beautiful orphanage and I encourage all Australians to visit the children there.Courtney Patterson