Ahmad Ali Karim

A Farewell Poem

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Dari mana hendak ke mana,
Tinggi rumput dari padi;
Tahun mana bulan mana,
Dapat kita bertemu lagi?

Jikalau ini akhir hayatnya,
Persahabatan kita gagah sejati;
Dipohon maaf muda dan tua,
Didoakan selamat di hadapan nanti.

Tidak ku jangka, tidak ku sedia,
Bagi pengakhiran segalanya ini;
Janganlah sedih, wahai kekanda,
Insya-Allah, kita 'kan kembali.

Segalanya ada titik noktah,
Disitu terhenti apapun perkara;
Walau yang baik, ataupun tidak,
Hidup ini hanyalah sementara.

'pabila ku kenang, zaman mulanya,
Permainan Castle Siege, bertahun dahulu;
Baru ku sedar betapa lamanya,
Telahpun jauh masa berlalu.

Sedih ku sedih, sambil berfikir,
Segalanya ini tiada pengganti;
Tigabelas Mei, semakin hampir,
Janganlah tinggal, janganlah pergi.

Harapnya adalah sesuatu hikmah,
Disebalik segala kejadian ini;
Maka baiklah jika hanya terima,
Peninggalan ini yang kita hadapi.

Kepada semua yang sedang membaca,
Kepada sahabatku di serata tempat;
Ku ingin ucapkan selamat tinggal,
Semoga berjaya di masa hadapan.

I'm not the best at writing poems nor am I the most poetic person on earth, but here is a little piece of pantoum (a type of poem, originated from Nusantara) I wrote in my native language, Malay.

I don't know what else to say, this is the end of this forums, and it's really sad to know that in 6 months the game shall cease for eternity. All I could say is that it's been an honour to play with all of you and I wish you all the best of luck in the future.

English translation of the pantoum (I am not a good translator):

Where from and heading where,
With the grass taller than the paddy;
Which year and which month,
Do we get to meet again?

If this here is the end,
To our strong and loyal friendship;
Then I apologise to all whether young or old,
And pray for the best of your future.

Never have I expected, and ready I am not,
For the end of all of this;
But do not be sad o' brother/sister of mine,
If God wills we'll meet again.

Everything has it's point of end,
And there it stops no matter what it is;
Whether it be good or whether not,
This life is all just temporary.

When I start to think back of the early days,
Of Castle Siege, years ago;
Now I've realised how long it is,
How much time have passed on.

Sad I am, while I think,
That there shall be none to replace all this;
The thirteenth of May is coming closer,
Please don't leave, please don't go.

Hopefully there's a silver lining,
Upon the clouds that we face today;
So I think that the best is for us to accept,
This departure that we have right here.

To all of those who are reading this,
To all my friends from all across the world;
I'd love to say farewell to all,
And best of luck in your futures.

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