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By Zurinah Hassan

ARE YOU STILL PLAYING YOUR FLUTE

Form 5 - Are you still playing your flute.pdf

The POET Zurina Hassan was born

on 13th June,1949, at Alor Star, Kedah. She obtained her basic degree B.A (HONS) from USM, followed by her M.A from UPM and finally Phd from Academic of Malay Studies of UM. The following are some of the few awards achieved by Zurina Hassan.

MASIHKAH KAU BERMAIN SERULING Masihkah kau bermain

seruling walau waktu telah terlewat untuk kita bercinta aku semakin terasa bersalah melayani godaan irama lagu yang tersimpan pada lorong halus buluh dikeluarkan oleh nafas seniman diukir oleh bibir diatur oleh jari dilayangkan oleh alun angin menolak ke dasar rasa.

Are you still playing your flute? When there is hardly time for our love I am feeling guilty To be longing for your song The melody concealed in the slim hollow of the bamboo Uncovered by the breath of an artist Composed by his fingers Blown by the wind To the depth of my heart.

MASIHKAH KAU BERMAIN SERULING Masihkah kau bermain Are you still playing the

seruling ketika kampung semakin sunyi sawah telah uzur waktu jadi terlalu mahal untuk memerhatikan hujan turun merenung jalur senja mengutip manik embun menghidu harum bunga.

flute? In the village so quiet and deserted Amidst the sick rice field While here it has become a luxury To spend time watching the rain Gazing at the evening rays Collecting dew drops Or enjoying the fragrance of flowers.

MASIHKAH KAU BERMAIN SERULING Masihkah kau bermain seruling

ketika aku terasa mata bersalah untuk melayani rasa rindu padamu di kota yang semakin kusut dan tenat adik-adikku menganggur dan sakit jiwa bangsaku dipecahkan oleh politik saudara diserang bom-bom ganas dunia sudah terlalu tua dan parah. Di sinilah berakhirnya percintaan kita kerana zaman sedang menuntut para seniman hidup di luar dirinya.

Are you still playing your flute? The more it disturbs my conscience to be thinking of you in the hazard of you my younger brothers unemployed and desperate my people disunited by politics my friend slaughtered mercilessly this world is too old and bleeding

STANZA 1Are you still playing your flute? When there is hardly time for our love I am feeling guilty To be longing for your song The melody concealed in the slim hollow of the bamboo Uncovered by the breath of an artist Composed by his fingers Blown by the wind To the depth of my heart.

The persona thinks of

the man she loves. He is in the village and he plays his flute every day, totally unconcerned with what goes on around him. His music touches the depth of her heart.

Stanza 2 Are you still playing your The persona is sad that

flute? In the village so quiet and deserted Amidst the sick rice field While here it has become a luxury To spend time watching the rain Gazing at the evening rays Collecting dew drops Or enjoying the fragrance of flowers

the village is deserted and empty. The rice field is unplanted and fallow. Yet her lover still playing flute. The woman laments that her life is full of worries as she has no time to enjoy nature.

Stanza 3 Are you still playing your flute? The more it disturbs my conscience to be thinking of you in the hazard of you my younger brothers unemployed and desperate my people disunited by politics my friend slaughtered mercilessly this world is too old and bleeding The persona shows annoyance for her lover as she thinks of all the problems that surround her while he does nothing but play his flute. Her younger brothers have no jobs and they are desperate and poor. The persona is saddened by disunity in her people as they have different political views.

Understanding The Poem Stanza One

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