Once, I wrote a simple greeting
Some people taking me nicely
Others– just read in one blink
Yet I accepted all that joyfully

There are ways to make friends
Hold your bravery, right where you stand
One or two weeks doesn’t matter
All I need here is your letter

From a friendly listener to a teacher
From an aspiring scientist to a cat lover
From climate change to Harry Potter
Sharing stories, our shoulders get lighter

A friend of mine, way far west
I feel sincerity in every little talk
Caress a rotten pain in my chest
A happy epilogue from a delicious yolk

In the middle of starless, longing night
I recite this slowly poem to the moon
In different worlds, we share the same sight
I wish my pray will reach you soon

Later, I will wait for your letter
But maybe not the way we used to be
You will read it in a blue sweater
In my long rest, phrase it right beside me

Malang, 18 January 2020

Mie Telo

Hari pertama tahun 2020 saya buka dengan memakan mie telo, sebuah produk mie dari Republik Telo yang ada di daerah Lawang, Jawa Timur. Saya dan Jasmine yang masih berlibur akhir tahun sekaligus akhir tahun, ditemani hujan yang kurang empati di daerah utara Malang, menempuh jarak sejauh 1 jam perjalanan untuk bisa menikmati mie telo goreng ini.

Mie telo goreng

Tujuan utama kesana juga karena ingin beli bakpau telo untuk dibawa pulang ke rumah Jasmine. Ketika melihat daftar menu di internet, kami menemukan mie telo yang belum pernah dicoba. Walaupun sudah bertahun-tahun tinggal di Malang, saya cuma tau ada bakpao telo dan olahan telo berkardus yang bisa dibawa pulang. Tidak membayangkan sama sekali kalau bakal ada olahan mie juga.

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There I see fire
Devouring our precious forest
Big vicious fire
Raging without a single rest

Consuming hundreds of creatures
Grey, dark smoke blankets our home
Orange and red, acres to acres
Losing the live of our biome

There I see fighters
Unnamed hero covered in yellow
Dauntless against thunders
Bearing all helpless bellow

The lives may be gone
Our will may fade away
Yet the ashes still let us
To start a new day

Malang, 12 January 2020