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Sang Penari (The Dancer) – Kahlil Gibran

Karya: Kahlil Gibran

SANG PENARI
Karya: Kahlil Gibran

Suatu hari datanglah seorang penari dan serombongan pemain di hadapan Pangeran Birkhasa. Mereka diperbolehkan menunjukkan keahliannya. Si penari menari, diiringi kecapi, terompet dan siter.

Dia menarikan tarian api, tarian pedang dan tombak. Ia menarikan tarian bintang dan tarian angkasa. Lalu ia menarikan tarian bunga ditiup angin.

Setelah selesai menari, ia berdiri dan membungkukkan badan di hadapan sang Pangeran. Sang Pangeran menyuruhnya mendekat, lalu berkata padanya, “Wanita yang jelita, anggun dan memesona, dari mana engkau menyerap ilham seni? Dan bagaimana kau dapat memadukan unsur alunan dan irama dalam musik?”

Penari itu membungkukkan tubuhnya lagi dan menjawab, “Yang Mulia, hamba tak tahu jawaban atas pertanyaanmu. Yang kuketahui hanyalah: jiwa para filosof bersemayam dalam kepalanya, jiwa penyair ada dalam hatinya, jiwa penyanyi melingkari tenggorokannya, namun jiwa penari mengelilingi sekujur tubuhnya.”

Kahlil Gibran
Buku: Sang Pengelana (1932) – Kahlil Gibran


THE DANCER
By: Kahlil Gibran

Once there came to the court of the Prince of Birkasha a dancer with her musicians. And she was admitted to the court, and she danced before the prince to the music the lute and the flute and the zither.

She danced the dance of flames, and the dance of swords and spears; she danced the dance of stars and the dance of space. And then she danced the dance of flowers in the wind.

After this she stood before the throne of the prince and bowed her body before him. And the prince bade her to come nearer, and he said unto her, “Beautiful woman, daughter of grace and delight, whence comes your art? And how is it that you command all the elements in your rhythms and your rhymes?”

And the dancer bowed again before the prince, and she answered, “Mighty and gracious Majesty, I know not the answer to your questionings. Only this I know: The philosopher’s soul dwells in his head, the poet’s soul is in the heart; the singer’s soul lingers about his throat, but the soul of the dancer abides in all her body.”

Kahlil Gibran
Book: The Wanderer (1932) – Kahlil Gibran

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