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menyesalah dia karena pernah memintal dawai
yang pernah diikatkannya pada tirai hujan
ketika musim melemparnya ke hutan
menerima kembali takdirnya yang adalah kosong

maka ditanggalkannya jua sayap
sebab angin selalu membujuknya terbang
berdua menjelajah nyala semesta yang gelap
tapi ia bukan juga sesiapa selain hanya ketiadaan

maka berdarahlah lagi luka
saat hampa menjelma kepompong      
mengirim rindunya ke negeri sihir
:gerimis selalu membuatnya ingin sekali menangis  

Pinggir Kapuas, 23 juni 2017
Copyright © Alexander Mering
By Wisnu Pamungkas

Dengarkanlah hujan, kalau jiwamu adalah teratak
yang mengucurkan air, meski luka oleh duka
yang menganaksungai tanpa pantai,
merindu jejak layar perahu Sinbad.

Ciminyak, 18 Juni 2018
Copyright © Alexander Mering
by Wisnu Pamungkas

Suatu hari di bulan juni, 
Ayah menemukan seorang bidadari
yang nekad turun ke bumi,
bertemu lelaki yang rambutnya beraroma hujan

Bidadari melepas jampi-jampi, mengirim amuk,
tapi rambut lelaki tersebut tetap saja hanya  daun lindap,
samadi sunyi di ranting bulan

Ayah hanya menari ketika bidadari melepas sayapnya,
meruapkan bau harum saat direngkuhnya pelukan
lelaki yang rambutnya beraroma hujan

Ketika senja ayah juga menyaksikan rindu yang menjelma sungai,
dilayari perahu Sinbad yang tak pernah tiba di pantai

Ayah menggambar sepasang sayap untuk cinta itu lelaki,
menjampi-jampinya menjadi kunang-kunang,
mengirim cahaya kecilnya ke cakrawala sebelum hujan

16 Juni 2017

Copyright © Alexander Mering

by wisnu Pamungkas

Seorang pejabat negara, mengatakan kepada saya dan para peserta:

Saat hutan di Sumatera dan Kalimantan dilanda kebakaran dahsyat, pemerintah Indonesia membuat hujan buatan. Awan-awan di atas langit Malaysia dan Singapura diseret ke Indonesia. 

Dampaknya, kedua negara itu tidak mendapat hujan hampir dua minggu lamanya.  Sehingga dua jiran kita itu mengirim nota keberatan kepada Indonesia.

“Jangan rebut awan kami, Saudara!”


Aston TB Simatupang, 1 Juni 2017

Copyright © Alexander Mering
By Wisnu Pamungkas

Tuan Garuda, setelah 72 tahun merdeka
mengapa mereka yang kau sebut saudara
mendustai kami sedemikian luka
tak hanya sudah merampas dan merampok hutan dan tanah kami
tapi mereka juga mengincar ibu dan anak perempuan kami di kampung

udara dan sungai-sungai kami telah diracun
dan kami tak berkutik, ketika mereka datang dari seberang lautan
membawa pemuka agama dan berkapal-kapal pasukan
untuk mencela kami kafir dan menggertak, memaksa kami bertobat
seakan-akan kamilah yang berbuat dosa, kamilah pencuri
yang terkepung di kota mereka yang sejarahnya berlumuran darah

Tuan Garuda, setelah 72 tahun merdeka
sejak kau minta kami sebut mereka saudara
datang menumpang di rumah-rumah betang kami yang sederhana
kedamaian pun terengut dari kehidupan

kami yang dulu minum dari mata air yang sama,
yang berjemur di bawah matahari yang sama,
dan menghirup udara yang sama
kini menjadi tak lagi mengerti kasih sayang, apalagi cinta

di media massa, setiap hari ibu menggoreng kelamin ayah atau sebaliknya,
anak-anak menggorok leher gurunya di sekolah
mereka merapal jampi teologi mematikan, dan
para remaja kampung menjadi gila,
menuliskan cita-citanya dengan darah
membeli tiket ke surga dengan harga murah
lewat calo-calo dan para pengkotbah  

Tuan Garuda, katakan kepada kami
pada hari ini, kemana janjimu dulu yang begitu megah?

Kalibata, 10 April 2017
 

Copyright © Alexander Mering
by Wisnu Pamungkas

Kupeluk esok, agar hari ini tak pergi
surut ke belakang sebelum engkau lenyap
dalam gerimis yang membawa semua kenangan,
pada sore yang sendu-lindap
(tapi begitulah rindu yang kini menjadi piatu dalam rinai hujan dan sepotong sajak)


Makasar, 25 Maret 2017
Copyright © Alexander Mering

By Wisnu Pamungkas

Ayah merasa terlalu lelah hari ini, 
walau sekadar mengingat sepotong tali untuk mati

Karena itu dia mencari sebotol minyak wangi, 
lalu bergegas ke sebuah club malam, 
Ayah dan mikrofon bersumpah akan sehidup semati, 
menyanyikan lagu dangdut sampai nyawa mereka terpisah

Persis di bawah panggung kayu,
 tak jauh dari ayah berdiri, 
seorang pemabuk terseok lalu roboh, 
nyawanya merengang seketika
setelah mendapat khabar paling bahagia dari Ibu di rumah


Sudut Jakarta, 12 Maret 2017
Copyright © Alexander Mering

Sebelum hujan,
Akan aku katakan cinta kepada kembang,
sebelum kepompong menjelma kunang-kunang,
kota yang menyimpan benci pada pelangi, sebelum alun-alun putih oleh busa dendam,
disinilah mereka beragama karena nafsu senggama,
berulang-ulang melafaskan nama Tuhan
dan klimaks oleh hasrat membunuh

Sebelum hujan,
Akan aku katakan cinta kepada Jakarta, kota belatung dan para garong
yang mendidik para gundik menjadi manik-manik,
memamah iklan dusta buah dada,
:luka-luka jiwa terus menerus mengalirkan nanah

Sebelum hujan,
Cinta akan menjelma beton,
menjadi uang dan lakon wayang,
mitos tentang surga yang tiketnya dikelola seseorang,
dijaga dengan mantra dan pasukan,
kurawa lapar yang liurnya menetes sampai ke tanah

Setelah hujan,  
biar kukecup keningmu yang lebam,
dan aku harus pergi meninggalkanmu
yang tengah berpesta dan ritus jalang

Setelah hujan,
kutulis sajak sendu, rindu yang telah padam

Setelah hujan, 19 Pebruari 2017
Copyright © Alexander Mering
JAKARTA, 18 February 2017 – Jakarta has a new award on courage in journalism in honor of the West Papuan editor, Oktovianus Pogau, who passed away last year. It was awarded for the first time to reporter Febriana Firdaus, who had extensively covered human rights abuses in Indonesia, the Pantau Foundation said.

“We want to honor our colleague, Oktovianus Pogau, a smart and courageous journalist, who edited Suara Papua news and highlighted human rights reporting. He passed away at a very young age, just 23 years old. We want to honor his legacy by establishing this Oktovianus Pogau award,” said Imam Shofwan, the chairman of the Pantau Foundation, in a speech to a small gathering at his office on February 13.  

The Pantau Foundation selected Febriana Firdaus, a Jakarta journalist, to receive the inaugural award. Firdaus covered Indonesia’s efforts to deal with the 1965-1966 massacres, disappearances and arbitrary detentions. She also covered discrimination, intimidations, and violence against the LGBT community in Indonesia.

“LGBT is a very sensitive subject in Indonesia where many religious communities, including Muslim organizations, still consider homosexuality a psychological disorder. Febriana Firdaus is courageous to stand up for LGBT, to affirm that LGBT is nature, and to expose their side of the story,” said Shofwan.

Firdaus was born in 1983 in Kalisat, a small town in eastern Java, and graduated from Airlangga University in Surabaya in 2007. She worked for Jawa Pos daily, Tempo magazine and Rappler online. She is currently a freelance journalist.

Atmakusumah Astraatmadja, a former chairman of Indonesia’s Press Council and himself an award-winning journalist, presented the award to Firdaus that evening, welcoming the launch of the award and congratulating Firdaus.

Allan Nairn, another award-winning journalist based in New York, gave a speech, talking about courage in journalism in the Trump’s “proto fascism era.” Nairn spoke about the challenges the press faced in covering a president like Donald Trump, who lies constantly but is also hugely entertaining.

Nairn noted that the United States provides a warning to Indonesia because the same proto-fascists that rose to power in the United States are also trying to achieve power in Indonesia, though it isn’t clear yet whether or not they will suceed.

In her blog, Firdaus wrote, “… this award is not about me or other future winners. This is a gentle reminder of the name Okto Pogau but it’s also more than about his name. His name represents the unsolved human rights abuses in Papua.”


Oktovianus Pogau was born in Sugapa in the Central Highlands on August 5, 1992 and died on January 31, 2016 in Jayapura.

He won an Indonesian writing competition when he was 14 years old, letting him to travel away from his native West Papua and to take part in a writing course in Yogyakarta, Java Island. He learned WordPress and created his own blog when he was 16 years old. He moved to Jakarta in 2010, studying international relations and becoming a freelance journalist.

In October 2011, he covered a peaceful gathering of thousands of Papuan men and women in Jayapura, discussing their political aspiration to be independent from Indonesia. Indonesian police used excessive force to disperse them. They fired warning shots, beating and kicking those ethnic Papuans. Three men died of gunshot wounds, around 600 were detained and five of their leaders were tried and sentenced to three years imprisonment.

Pogau was upset when seeing that most Indonesian media did not proportionally cover the abuses. He decided to set up Suara Papua (Papuan Voice) on December 10, 2011, exactly on the international human rights day, to cover rights abuses in West Papua. He made Suara Papua to be a platform for young Papuant to report and to write their stories.

Pogau also engaged his audience with his sharp political analysis. He used his knowledge and network to advocate for civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights for ethnic Papuans. He was also sympathetic to the National Committee of West Papua, a large Papuan youth organization, which is campaigning for a referendum in West Papua.

In October 2012, when he was covering one of their rallies in Manokwari, he was beaten on a street corner. Several police officers stopped him from taking photos. He suffered bruises and complained. The West Papua police later apologized but his union, Indonesia’s Alliance of Independent Journalists, refused to help him, arguing that Pogau was also an activist and declaring him of crossing the line between journalism and activism.

Pogau wrote extensively about the restriction for foreign journalists to visit West Papua. He protested against the discriminations against ethnic Papuan journalists and the intensive use of journalists, both Indonesian and Papuans, to be military and police informers.

He indirectly made President Joko Widodo in May 2015 to declare the Indonesian bureaucracy to stop restrictions on foreign journalists covering the West Papua. Unfortunately, Jokowi command has not been fulfilled completely. He travelled to the United States in December 2015, writing about African Americans dealing with violence and contemplating about the similar among dark-skin curly-hair Papuans.

The jurors of the award include Alexander Mering (Kampong Journalism Movement in Pontianak, Kalimantan), Andreas Harsono (researcher at Human Rights Watch in Jakarta, Java), Coen Husain Pontoh (chief editor at Indo Progress news portal in New York), Made Ali (environmentalist at Jikalahari in Pekanbaru, Sumatra), Yuliana Lantipo (editor at Jubi daily in Jayapura, West Papua).

The mandate of this award is to exclude financial gift nor a generous ceremony, hoping that it will be sustainable and making the jurors to concentrate only in selecting a winner. It is to be announced every year on January 31. 

When presenting the award, Imam Shofwan talked about his personal experience with Pogau, "Once he called me on my mobile and I heard gunshots on the backgrounds. I told him to run but he keep on talking, asking me to tweet. He continuously tried to bring out rights abuses in Papua. He died young but his courage should inspire other journalists."