English landmines Sumatra 1947

Poem: Prayer By Chairil Anwar


By Chairil Anwar


To the Devout Believer

My Lord
In desolation
Even though I face great tribulation
I remember You fully, completely

Your searing holy light
Now just a candle’s flicker in darkness silent

My Lord
I have lost form
Am shattered

My Lord
I journey in a foreign country

My Lord
At Your door I knock I can not turn away




Pantja Raja, p. 17.

Featured image: “Landmijnen van Engels fabrikaat, door onze troepen in Lahat gevonden.”

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