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‘Kadya Mimi lan Mintuna’

chewing their gum
in rhythm
old couple

David G. Lanoue

 

“.. bagya mulya
ayem tentrem
runtang-runtung rerentengan
kadya mimi lan mintuna ..”

(Harapan untuk mempelai di Jawa:
bahagia mulia
damai dan tenteram
selalu bersama ke mana saja
bagai sepasang belangkas ..)

Konon, sepasang kepiting ladam atau belangkas tidak bisa dipisahkan – atau mereka akan mati karenanya. Bahkan memasak mereka pun harus sepasang: mimi (Jawa: belangkas jantan) dan mintuna (Jawa: belangkas betina) agar racun mereka tertawarkan.
Telur mimi khas Kendal menjelang Ramadan

tom clausen

as a peace offering
I carry the ancient crab
and set it down
next to my daughter
without a word…

on the rocks intact ... but lifeless on the rocks
intact …
but lifeless

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