After The Truth No Longer Exists

 

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Breakfast with Indonesian poet and author, Goenawan Mohamad, and Malaysian Artist, Pauline Fan at the Grand Bluewave Hotel, Selangor, Malaysia, December 9, 2017.

 

AFTER THE TRUTH NO LONGER EXISTS

To: Goenawan Mohamad

 

When the truth exists no more

Why do we still linger here

Preaching the omnipotence of God

Has not everyone turned God for himself?

Past times, the truth hoisted

Under the banner of the revolution 

Brought onto the battlefield

With a firm boundary between clandestine and evil

But now the revolution no longer exists

War is just another stale story 

Today’s truth is a believed lies

A falsehood went viral

No one hardly cares so long as people bought it 

The truth has become a beautiful remains slaughtered in a crowd 

Thrown into a voiceless abyss

Like leaves falling to the earth

Heavily hit by rain or a storm Who cares? 

But is there anything worth a grain of salt to remember

When all of us know that the truth no longer exists

Besides the familiar smell of a cup of coffee

And birds chirping in the morning 

 

September, 2018. Poem by: Ahmad Gaus