[SHC World Poetry Month] “Aku Ingin” by Sapardi Djoko Damono

by Aurell Sulaiman

Sapardi Djoko Damono’s (1940–2020). Photo credits: Hops Indonesia

Of all of Sapardi Djoko Damono’s (1940–2020) poems, “Aku Ingin” (I Want), is undoubtedly the best known. It has been put into music, used in films, and quoted endless times. The poem is about the essence of loving someone, which is to be simply proven by acts of selflessness instead of words. I chose this poem because it is also my way to honour one of Indonesia’s greatest poets who passed away recently on 19 July 2020.

“Aku Ingin” by Sapardi Djoko Damono. Recited by Aurell Sulaiman.

“Aku Ingin (I Want)”

by Sapardi Djoko Damono (Indonesia)

(English translation by Nofel Nofiadri)

I want to love you simply

in an unspoken word by

wood to the fire which makes it ash

I want to love you simply

in an unuttered sign by

clouds to the rain that makes it disappear.

Recited by: Aurell Sulaiman (Year 1, Faculty of Business & Economics)

Produced by: Editorial Team of the SHC Media Club, Nicolo Ludovice, Sean Suntoso, Aurell Sulaiman, Chong Sze Teng

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