One show is performed
One role is acted
One rule is played
One master is placed

Three types are created
Good, bad, grey are positioned
Which is which, they are planned
The shadow has been prepared

The ensemble is ready
The scenario is steady
The audiences are stay calmly
Waiting for the role intentionally

The scenario flows slowly
Sometimes runs fastly
Though another part is measly
But all effect thoroughly

The shadow is played
The master is on his way
Which one will be performed
Depends on the story

Like Wayang or shadow play
The reality is actually grey
It’s unclear and vary
Which one is good, bad or grey

Like Pandawa and Kurawa in Mahabharata
Like Rama and Rahwana in Ramayana
Between Yudhistira and Duryodhana
Between Astinapura and Indraprasta

From conflict to the top
Then from the top into the flop
Finally there should be at a stop
Where all story is at the stop

Every stories has its own wisdoms
Wake up our consciousness
Enlighten our mindsets
Brighten our humanly sides

Tangerang, 24 June 2014


4 Comments Add yours

  1. Khana says:

    Wonderful poem Bambang. I love both the tales but the Mahabharata has always been my favourite 🙂

    1. Really? Which part do you like of Mahabharata? 🙂

      1. Khana says:

        Wow, that’s quite a question, but I’m very glad you asked. I have such a great love for the Mahabharata it’s difficult to know where to start.
        I love the story of Bhisma’s youth very much & actually posted my version of his story on my blog almost exactly 1 year ago.
        You can read it here if you wish …
        Of course I love the Bhagavad Gita & Krishna’s wonderful explanation of life & action to Arjuna, but it meant much more to me after I understood it in the context of the whole story.
        Unfortunately I will never be able to read the original Sanskrit, but I read every translation into English that I find & each one tells the story from a slightly different angle.
        Slowly but surely I get the bigger picture 🙂

      2. You know, There are two types of Mahabharata stories here. The first one is the original one, and still held by Balinese. The second one is the ‘Islamicized’ version which is popular among Javanese and Sundanese. Its hindu aspects have been stripped off during Islam’s spread in Java during the 14th century.
        Essentially the story is same, but there are some parts which do not fit with Islamic values and replaced or soften..such as Drupadi, in the original story, she’s Pandawa’s wife..in the real meaning. But in Javanese version, Drupadi is Yudhistira’s wife.

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