Kita Ini Tetamu Senja
Kita datang ini hanya sebagai tetamu senja
bila cukup detik kembalilah kita kepada-Nya
kita datang ini kosong tangan kosong dada
kita pulang nanti bawa dosa bawa pahala.
Pada tetamu yang datang dan kenal jalan pulang
bawalah bakti mesra kepada Tuhan kepada insan
pada tetamu yang datang dan lupa jalan pulang
usahlah derhaka pula kepada Tuhan kepada insan.
Bila kita lihat manusia lupa tempat
atau segera sesat puja darjat puja pangkat
segera kita insaf - kita ini punya kiblat
segera kita ingat - kita ini punya tekad
Bila kita lihat manusia terbiar larat
hingga mesti merempat ke biru laut ke kuning darat
harus kita lekas sedar penuh pada tugas
harus kita tegas sembah seluruh rasa belas.
Kita datang ini satu roh satu jasad
bila pulang sekali bawalah bakti padat berkat!
- A. Samad Said(1955)
Life is short. Before we know it, we would eventually die and return to our Creator. The only thing we would bring along with us to the afterlife are our deeds we had done when we were still alive. With that, we would face Him, where he would pass his judgement upon us based on our deeds.
While we are still alive and breathing, we should always keep in mind that it is our Creator that created us. Thus, we should remember to always do good to not only glorify His name, but also as a responsibility towards our fellow brothers and sisters under the fatherhood of our Creator.
Power and status are not the things that matter the most. What matters the most, is what that is inside the heart. We humans are born with free will and we must not be subjected to the many dark temptations of the materialistic world.
We must always have empathy towards the plight of others and help others as much as we can. It is a responsibility for us to help our fellow human beings.
We live only once. Make good use of your life to carry out as many good deeds as possible.
I feel that I happen to appreciate the Malay language more than the English language, most probably because Malaysia seems to emphasise more on the mastery of our command in Malay more than anything else.
I've always been interested in Malay poems and I enjoy reading them whenever I get the chance to do so. Whenever I'm alone, I tend to try to recite them, trying my best to get the intonation right but constantly failing miserably.
Anyway, the poem that I posted above is one of the works by A. Samad Said, a Malaysian writer, poet, and nationalist. He writes beautifully and gives a lot of thought in his writing.
By far, this poem has had a larger impact on me compared to his other poems, so I decided to share it with you guys :)
This poem has taught me something which I find very valuable in aiding me in my future undertakings.
Life is both short and precious. Every moment in your life matters, no matter how insignificant it may seem to you. We only live once, so choose wisely on how you want to live your life, and make sure whatever you choose makes your life one that is worth living.
In constant pursuit of a simple and happy life,