Dec 4, 2010

For The Love Of It

This is one of my favourite poems which I would like to share with everyone. Read this a few years back when I was a student. Actually, it's in the text for one of my courses,  Poetry  In English. I love reading poetry because it never fails to mesmerise me with the beautiful words of the poets.

The Other Love Song

a sailor is in love with the waves
and eventually like the waves
he becomes a hopeless lover.

a poet is in love with words
and eventually the net of words
traps him from meaning.

the sea is an infatuating spread
the jungle a passionate net
but the sea will not confess its secret
the jungle will not confess its secret
and the self becomes
a summit of mystery.

all creation is a medium
to a recognition of the creator
yet how shall I write a poem of love
so that the medium
does not hide the purpose?

Original title : Puisi Cinta Yang Lain
Translated by : Muhammad Haji Salleh
Source :  Zurinah Hassan, Keberangkatan, Kuala Lumpur:
               Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka, 1985

*The photo was taken by me at Tanjung Batu Bintulu.


  1. Thank you balqis :) Now my poems feel like NOTHING in front of that one :) :P

  2. @Hairyman, do you know that you're special in your own way? Do you know that you always amaze me with your great style of writing poetry? There are so many qualities in you. As I said, you are one of a kind.

    Every poet has her/his own distinct style in poetry. So, are you! You could write so well! You didn't know that? I'm telling you now. It comes right from my heart. See the potentials in yourself. Every poem of yours is always GREAT to me. Honestly. :)

  3. Well yes but still, I'm yet no Tennyson :)
    It just shows that I should improve on my style a lot more.
    Thanks for the advice :)

  4. @Hairyman, at least now you make me feel better. Thanks for telling me. Learning is a non-stop process, so grab the opportunity whenever possible. Keep polishing and you'll achieve it. Wishing you the best, my friend! :)

  5. That last verse was so deep...

  6. @yileen, yes, it is. But then again, it depends on how we look at it. Different people have different versions.

    Thanks for stopping by. :)

  7. A great poem make you hungry! This is one of them! Hunger for doing better- telling something in a better way... :)

    Thanks for the share Balqis!

  8. @Moonomo, yes, it does produce hunger pang, so keep feeding the mind with figurative words and creativity...and whatever it is for poetry. I know you could do it!

    It's my pleasure to share with all of you. Thanks for being here. :)

  9. @Jolly, yes, it is. Hope you like it. :)

  10. I really love reading good poetry and this poem's one of the sweetest I've encountered. Thanks for sharing Balqis! :)

  11. @Stephanie, it's my pleasure indeed sharing this with everyone. You're welcome! :)