When

Works in Translation


Acep Zamzam Noor, translated by John H. McGlynn
Published as a part of Myth and History: Writing from Indonesia, Aug 01, 2015

First published in Bagian dari Kegembiraan as Ketika.

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When the ever so polite earthquake
Rocked our village
I heard the singing and dancing
In the village square
Suddenly fall silent. Insects and other animals
The grass, plants, and trees
And even the words that were being spoken
Sentences filled with anger that billowed like smoke
Suddenly fell mute. All was still

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