Saturday, January 1, 2022





A Wall


I built a wall and make my own territory

To live with my own rule

Comprehending true freedom


But life doesn't need a wall

And wants every element

Harmoniously mingled


If I persist building my own wall

To pursue a freedom

A trap named restraint

Will be a luxurious certitude

Locking me down

From civilization

From life.




Capturing things with blind mind

Like the open eyes seeing no tints and hues

Undisguised but meaningless


We learn genuineness

From the righteousness and wrongness

A lifetime


We walked through life with closed eyes

See everything with heart's sensitivity

Even we sometimes need no eyes

Because the mind keeps the sterling eyesight most.


A Letter For Terrorist


Dear terrorist,

Don't you know that in this very short journey

Nothing we should do but doing good deeds

For ourselves, for others, for the world


Aren't you sometimes ashamed

Coloring your path with blood

That won't come out of your life forever

Make your burden unbearable

As a consequence of betraying your own dignity


No ways found for reclaiming your lost pride

After taking many lives and causing pain to the world

No advantages you obtain but imprisoning your own soul

In a lethal darkness without door and windows.




EWITH BAHAR is a published author, poetess, novelist, translator and essayist from Indonesia. She had a long-time career in a mass communication field (radio and television industry). Prior to joining RCTI (the biggest private TV station in Indonesia) in 2004, she was a host for several musical and cultural programs for TVRI (Indonesian government TV station). Now she has published eleven books, in all genres: poetry, novel, short stories and essays. Another two books are still in ongoing process. Her poems were published in many national newspapers, journals and medias, home and abroad, also included in more than 60 Indonesian and international poetry anthologies.  She herself several times organized Indonesian poets to publish their works into 10 poetry anthologies since 2014.  Many of her poems have been translated into several foreign languages. One of her poetry books, Sonata Borobudur, got a prestigious prize from Indonesian National Library as The Best Five Indonesian Poetry Books 2019. Besides writing career, EWITH was also a teacher at communication institution, Interstudi and LEPPKINDO. Some years ago she run a public speaking course for children and teens, coordinated by her own event organizer. Now she is active in KaBI (Kanal Buku Indonesia) or Indonesian Book Channel, and as a public speaker for creative writing, communication matters and bibliotherapy.


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