A Butterfly in Baghdad

© By Kimberly Olson

Menceritakan mengenai kisah sang Kupu-kupu yang berada di medan peperangan yang sebenarnya sama dengan kehidupan yang sedang berlalu. Bahwa setiap kesulitan akan berlalu, "Badai pasti berlalu" dan setiap aliran akan menemukan muaranya. Itulah kehidupan yang digambarkan dalam puisi ini. Suasana perang di Baghdad menjadi sebuah tajuk yang menggambarkan kondisi realita kehidupan, manusia yang berperang dengan kebutuhan hidupnya, dengan pikirannya, namun, satu waktu akan menemukan jawabannya.

Ugliness was everywhere
In this city of war and despair
Death was all around me
Hanging so heavy in the air
The buildings lay in rubble
There were remnants of exploded cars
Each day I felt new death occur
Carving more emotional scars
To feel the tremble of a bombing
And know life just ended for many
To hear the volley of the gunfire
Crushed my hope till there wasn't any
But then I saw a butterfly
The symbol of new life
And I knew someday there'd be an end
To all this ugliness and strife
It may not end tomorrow
Or even during our lifetime
But the ugliness will go someday
Beauty will once again sublime
I followed that little butterfly
To see where it might land
Just where would it find a flower
In all this dirt and sand?
It fluttered here and fluttered there
Searching for beauty in this place
It even once came up to me
And tried landing on my face
That butterfly never once gave up
In its search for what it wanted
It flew and flew and flew and flew
Its persistence never daunted
Then there in the middle of nothing
That ever once had given me hope
Was a pretty little flower
Then I knew that I could cope
At least one of two things will happen
With everything that you endure
It will tear you down and rip you apart
Or build you stronger than before
So look to the little butterfly
When you're at the end of your rope
Let it be your inspiration
And never EVER give up hope!

Abi Andaya Iswara

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