jalan sabang bising

siang ini, suara suara di jalan sabang terdengar sedikit terlalu bising. lift yang hanya mampu mengangkut tiga orang juga harus mendongeng. ia bisa mati kapan saja, mungkin sulit untuk hidup kembali. di antara makan siang pun ada tangga rahasia yang jadi tempat tinggal kucing. jangan sentuh pegangannya, tak ada yang tahu siapa lagi yang pernah ke sana. mungkin sudah jadi perkampungan peri peri bakteri yang tak kelihatan. karena di pinggir jalan ada perempuan yang menutup hidungnya di depan seven eleven. agak kurang sopan menurutku karena tak ada bau. tapi aku tak bisa lagi mencium bau. dan di pinggir jalan pula ada laki-laki yang mengencingi pagar seng. sangat tidak sopan menurutku karena aku bisa melihatnya, walaupun bis bis dari garut yang bersiap siap menuju istiqlal parkir berderet deret di belakangnya. teman temannya tertawa melihat kami lewat, sementara di lantai dua saudagar kopi ada diskusi mengenai politik identitas. dadaku nyeri memuat sejarah yang sepotong-sepotong. memotong-motong hidup yang selalu berakhir. menit yang lalu sudah bisa dilupakan atau dijadikan kenangan. mengubur milyaran menit terdahulu yang ingin kugali dan rangkai sehingga menjadi sesuatu yang bisa kunamakan asal usulku. banyak yang tidak kumengerti, banyak yang kukira kumengerti. tapi perasaanku mengatakan hari ini bukan saatnya. apa pun itu sudah keburu terlindas kendaraan kendaraan yang lalu lalang. la la la lu la la lang. dan kita hidup bahagia selama kita bisa.

jaemanis di istiqlal


stop alihkan
that’s what my doctor says
that’s what my husband says
that’s what i also say to myself

but that’s easier said than done

my head is harbouring a tornado
where the past and present seem to blend
dogs boys girls drugs lights home not home trains
books basketball courts speakers love not loving songs

they’re easier said than tamed


i am always attracted to things that will destroy me in the end. sometimes it will not be obvious in the beginning. an act as innocent as picking a poem in a book of poetry. a poem that seems so distant, so far from where i am reading it, so different from the kind of life i am living. but then on a day when everything seems to fall apart, all the things that made me like the poem begin to fall into place. it is like the exact second before a glass hits the floor and shatters. one imaginary second where maybe finally life makes total sense. some people would risk anything to find out whether that one singular second exists. and if it doesn’t, well… it wouldn’t be the first time things shatter into tiny little shards.

my typical morning

i wake up. i wake my daughter up. good morning sunshine. prepare breakfast. my husband gets up and occupies the bathroom. i read the news, or facebook timeline, and then realize i am already hooked and put down the phone. pick it up again, click on youtube, and look for bath songs. husband comes out of the bathroom, daughter goes in. take school uniform out from the dresser, put them on the bed. daughter splish splashes her way out of the bathroom and asks for her towel. she puts on her shirt while watching youtube. hurry up, it’ll take forever if you do it like that. i take the nice comb, found under the bed yesterday after it went missing for weeks, from the vanity and comb daughter’s dripping wet hair. remember, side part. woosh woosh. kiss mama goodbye. and they are out.

i take my probiotic with a glass of water. thoughts seeping into my head like a foul morning mist. i remember last night i woke up from a very weird dream, worrying i forgot to put the bread in the fridge, especially since i bought one with a rich cream filling. i turned on the flashlight, not wanting to stir my family’s sleep. and saw that all the bread was already safe in the fridge. i was the one who put them there. but the one with the cream filling was nowhere to be found. not even at the bottom of husband’s tote bag. i was so sure i took one in the bakery. but then i wasn’t so sure about what’s going on in my head anymore. and that made me sad and angry and scared all at the same time. i returned to bed, pondering whether i should go to the toilet or not and finally got up and went. i then slipped under the blanket, looking at my daughter’s round sleeping face.

i plop down on the bed and check facebook again despite knowing it would take so much of my time. but i have turned away from it for such a long time. maybe, just maybe, i can practice doing what’s normal again. just the right dose, you know. one social media at a time. it’s okay. and i like and comment on a few posts from my dearest friends. and then realize again that i have stayed there longer than planned. i immediately switch to my renungan harian. pray. have breakfast and my grey tablet. write for ten minutes. and cry for both every and no reason at all.