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Kahlil Gibran: Dinasti (Dynasties)

Karya: Kahlil Gibran

Dinasti - Kahlil Gibran

DINASTI
Karya: Kahlil Gibran

Ratu Ishana sedang dalam proses melahirkan seorang anak; dan raja serta seluruh pejabat kerajaan sedang menunggu dengan cemas di ruangan besar Lembu Bersayap.

Tak lama kemudian, datanglah seorang pembawa pesan yang membungkuk ke hadapan raja dan berkata, “Hamba membawa kabar gembira untuk Tuanku Raja, dan juga seluruh kerajaan serta budak-budak Raja bahwa Mihrab si kejam, musih bebuyutan Tuanku, Raja Bethroun telah meninggal.”

Ketika raja dan seluruh pejabat kerajaan mendengar hal ini, mereka semua bangkit dan berteriak dengan gembira karena Mihrab yang kuat, bila saja ia hidup lebih lama, ia akan dapat menaklukkan Ishana dan warganya.

Pada saat ini tabib kerajaan juga memasuki ruang Lembu Bersayap, dan di belakangnya turut serta bidan-bidan kerajaan. Dan tabib membungkuk di hadapan raja sambil berkata, “Tuanku Raja yang akan hidup selamanya, melalui generasi yang tak terhingga akan terus memerintah Ishana. Untuk Tuanku Rjaa, Ratu telah melahirkan seorang putra.”

Dan lalu hati raja dipenuhi sukacita, karena pada saat yang sama musuh bebuyutannya telah mati dan penerus takhtanya telah dilahirkan.

Kini di Kota Ishana hiduplah seorang peramal. Dan peramal itu masih muda dan penuh keyakinan. Dan raja malam itu menyuruh orang agar memanggil peramal itu untuk menghadap dirinya di istana. Dan ketika datang, raja berkata padanya, “Ramalkan sekarang bagaimana masa depan putraku yang hari ini baru dilahirkan.”

Dan peramal tidak merasa ragu-ragu, “Tuanku Raja, aku akan meramalkan masa depan putramu yang hari ini dilahirkan. Jiwa musuhmu, yaitu musuhmu Raja Mihrab yang meninggal kemarin malam, berputar seharian dalam angin. Jiwa itu mencari tubuh untuk dimasuki. Dan kemudian ia memasuki jiwa putramu yang baru saja dilahirkan.”

Lalu raja murka dan dengan pedangnya ia memenggal kepala si peramal.

Dan sejak hari itu, orang-orang bijak Ishana berkata satu sama lain, “Benarkah apa yang dikatakan oleh para leluhur bahwa Ishana diperintah oleh seorang musuh?”

Kahlil Gibran
Buku: Pelari Terdepan


DYNASTIES
By: Kahlil Gibran

The queen of Ishana was in travail of childbirth; and the King and the mighty men of his court were waiting in breathless anxiety in the great hall of the Winged Bulls.

At eventide there came suddenly a messenger in haste and prostrated himself before the King, and said, “I bring glad tidings unto my lord the King, and unto the kingdom and the slaves of the King. Mihrab the Cruel, thy life-long enemy, the King of Bethroun, is dead.”

When the King and the mighty men heard this, they all rose and shouted for joy; for the powerful Mihrab, had he lived longer, had assuredly overcome Ishana and carried the inhabitants captive.

At this moment the court physician also entered the hall of Winged Bulls, and behind him came the royal midwives. And the physician prostrated himself before the king, and said, “My lord the King shall live for ever, and through countless generations shall he rule over the people of Ishana. For unto thee, O King, is born this very hour a son, who shall be thy heir.”

Then indeed was the soul of the King intoxicated with joy, that in the same moment his foe was dead and the royal line was established.

Now in the city of Ishana lived a true prophet. And the prophet was young, and bold of spirit. And the King that very night ordered that the prophet should be brought before him. And when he was brought, the King said unto him, “Prophesy now, and foretell what shall be the future of my son who is this day born unto the kingdom.”

And the prophet hesitated not, but said, “Hearken, O King, and I will indeed prophesy of the future of thy son, that is this day born. The soul of thy enemy, even of thy enemy King Mihrab, who died yester-eve, lingered but a day upon the wind. Then it sought for itself a body to enter into. And that which it entered into was the body of thy son that is born unto thee this hour.”

Then the King was enraged, and with his sword he slew the prophet.

And from that day to this, the wise men of Ishana say one to another secretly, “Is it not known, and has it not been said from of old, that Ishana is ruled by an enemy?”

Kahlil Gibran
Book: The Forerunner

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