‘Ada Apa Dengan Cinta?’ oleh Abdul Qowi Bastian

Because of my fondness to literature in both Bahasa Indonesia and English classes, few close friends in high school began calling me “Rangga”. What Rangga and I have in common, I think, is our self-imposed state of isolation.

Unlike most Indonesians who probably have watched Ada Apa Dengan Cinta? the movie at least ten times, I’ve only seen it once when it’s out in cinema in 2002. But I took the time to re-watch it last night. So, here’s an ode (sort of) to the film that represents a new optimism, albeit its unrealistically portrayal of teenagers at the time, in Indonesia’s movie industry.

Kulari ke hutan, kemudian menyanyiku

Kulari ke pantai, kemudian teriakku

Sepi… sepi dan sendiri aku benci

Aku ingin bingar. Aku mau di pasar.

Bosan aku dengan penat

Dan enyah saja kau, pekat!

Seperti berjelaga bila ku sendiri

Pecahkan saja gelasnya biar ramai

Biar mengaduh sampai gaduh

Ah.. ada malaikat menyulam jaring laba-laba belang di tembok keraton putih

Kenapa tak goyangkan saja loncengnya?

Biar terdera

Atau.. aku harus lari ke hutan, belok ke pantai?

 

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