adalah tangisan kami juga
Saudara-saudara adalah bangsa waja
(bukan kembang yang mudah layu)
walau dalam derita namun, tidak pernah menyerah.
[Brothers, your cries
are ours too.
we taste sadness.
you are steel-strong nation
not a flower-nation that easily droops.
Even in sorrow,
you never surrender.]
The poem above was written after Tsunami had just hit Aceh and some part of North Sumatra, by Adi Rumi, a respected senior poet of Brunei Darussalam. He read it at a gathering of Indonesian and Bruneian writers. The poem was published, together with dozens of other Tsunami-related themes, in memorial volume entitled Episode Tsunami: Peringatan Ilahi, by Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka Brunei. In Indonesia, the book is on sale for Rp 250,000 ($42) — a stiff price for a book of literature in Indonesia.From the lyrics above, it is clear to us that in terms of format, theme, and style, most Bruneian works of literature are conventiona…