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Syair Jawa-Inggris: Changing Room – Sujiwo Tejo

Woman at the beauty salon

CHANGING ROOM
Karya: Sujiwo Tejo

jumangkah sru susumbar lindu bumi gonjing
umub kang jalanidhi
gegambarane wong muntap
jojo bang mawingo wengis
lelemek kumalungkung

wong nedeng lelungan
lungo leledange wong lola
ngungakke tekade
manglungake sagung sesongar
tumiyung

jejangkah wong lumaksono
lenggak-lenggok lembeyan
njinggleng mulat mangarso
bedane wong nunggang kebo
kebone madep ngarep
cah angon dep nang mburi

wong dandan pupuran
bebenges kemben minthing-minthing
jan jane jatine
kabeh mligi tanpo busono
agomo ageming aji
sinandang nggo nyenyanding naliko dong semo

stomping and defiant till the earth quakes
the sea boils
this is the picture of an angry person
face and chest red and cruel
from pride and arrogance

a wanderer
wandering in confusion with no reference point
in actual fact heightening resolve
but keep this within
and bow your head and your shoulders

our footsteps
must synchronise with nature
keep focusing on the future
not like riding a buffalo
the buffalo facing forwards
the rider facing back

they dress up and make up
adorned with lipstick and gowns
in truth, in essence
we are all naked
they wear their religion
as costumes of masquerade

* Interlude based on a melody by Sergei Rachmaninoff

Song, lyric, vocal, harmonica: Sujiwo Tejo
Music: Sekar Melati
Album: Mirah Ingsun (2012)
Buku: Republik Jancukers
Penerbit: Kompas

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