Jakarta: Night

Sitor Situmorang

 

At the corner of Kebon Sirih
and Thamrin
I stopped. And looked up
at the neon lights
blinking on rooftops.
Metropolis!

I freeze under the streetlights.
Beyond the traffic lights
I think, therefore I am.
This is Jakarta
not Hong Kong
or Lake Toba.

I left all that
on a boat
one clear morning
long ago.

Now
it’s late.
Time to go home.

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