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War is kind (Perang itu baik)

Do not weep, maiden, for war is kind.

Usah sengguk, Nona, sebab perang itu tak buruk

Because your lover threw wild hands toward the sky

Karena kekasihmu mengepal tangan ke angkasa

And the affrighted steed ran on alone,

Dan kuda perangnya lari lintang pukang sendiri ketakutan,

Do not weep.

Usah sengguk.

War is kind.

Perang tak buruk.

Hoarse, booming drums of the regiment,

Pekik, deru gendang tabuh pasukan,

Little souls who thirst for fight,

Jiwa-jiwa kerdil haus pertempuran,

These men were born to drill and die.

Mereka ini lahir buat berlatih bedil dan belati, membunuh dan mati.

The unexplained glory flies above them,

Kejayaan tak untuk dipahami semayam di dalam diri,*

Great is the battle-god, great, and his kingdom —

Terpujilah dewa perang, kuasamu, dan kerajaanmu — **

A field where a thousand corpses lie.

Hampar beribu mayat bergeletakan

Do not weep, babe, for war is kind.

Usah sengguk, Nak, sebab perang itu tak buruk.

Because your father tumbled in the yellow trenches,

Bilasanya bapakmu tersungkur dalam parit becek berlumpur,

Raged at his breast, gulped and died,

Dada dibuncah amarah, tersedak, lalu mati,

Do not weep.

Usah sengguk.

War is kind.

Perang itu tak buruk.

Swift blazing flag of the regiment,

Kebyar-kebyar gemilau panji pasukan,

Eagle with crest of red and gold,

Elang berperisai merah dan emas,***

These men were born to drill and die.

Mereka ini lahir buat berlatih membunuh dan mati.

Point for them the virtue of slaughter,

Mereka muliakan rasa bangga dapat membantai,

Make plain to them the excellence of killing

Yang jelas mereka pahami adalah bagaimana musuh sempurna disatai

And a field where a thousand corpses lie.

Dan hampar beribu mayat bergeletakan.

Mother whose heart hung humble as a button

Ibu yang hatinya luka penaka hiasan

On the bright splendid shroud of your son,

pada gilap kafan anak mati kerna perang,

Do not weep.

Usah sengguk.

War is kind.

Perang itu tak buruk.

“War is kind” by Stephen Crane, terjemahan © Dipa Nugraha

Catatan

* Kejayaan yang dikejar dari kemenangan lewat pembunuhan besar-besaran dalam perang tidak bisa dijelaskan dengan mudah

** bdk. Doa Bapa Kami atau Pater Noster di dalam tradisi Katolik – Kristen

*** Logo pada panji perang yang serupa ini

Byzantine Eagle (credit: DIREKTOR, Wikimedia Commons)

Byzantine Eagle (credit: DIREKTOR, Wikimedia Commons)

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