"The Yaslehs

Since 1968, when his first poem Sebuah Sumpah Derhaka was published in Majalah Mastika, our dad, yassinsalleh, has written voraciously, but at the same time is so disorganized that we could hardly keep track of what he has written. It is even worse now that he writes his poems in his phone and sms it to us his children. Believe you me, he spent a lot of money on smsing long poem to us that is sometimes lost to accidental deleting. So we, his three children - Yasleh Rita Ayu, Yasleh Hani Wati, and Yasleh Khaliff Amri - decided that enough is enough, we need to keep some kind of record of his poetry, thus the creation of this blog. This will be a cache to collect all his old poems and a safe to keep all his future ones. In the film world, mentioning my dad's name will immediately brings to mind his 10 awards winning film Dia Ibuku in which he personally won 2 - Best Director and Best Screenplay- but in the literary world the poem ikan-ikan di kaca is synonymous to him, hence the name of this blog.

ikan-ikan di kaca
(buat adik-adikku tom dan ani)

pun mentari sudah tiada api
dan bulan yang merdu
sudah sejuk nyanyinya
di hujung jari jemari embun
kita masih belum terlalu lewat
untuk menerima satu hakikat

kita anak-anak satu keturunan
yang menganuti escapisme
selama ini
ikan-ikan di kaca
ikan-ikan di kaca.

ikan-ikan di kaca indah alamnya
ikan-ikan di kaca gemulai renangnya
ikan-ikan di kaca manja hidupnya
ikan-ikan di kaca terpenjara sebenarnya.

tidak lama lagi
akan kering
dan mentari
berapi kembali
kalian sudah mengerti
bahawa kita
selama ini
ikan-ikan di kaca
masihkah kita
ikan-ikan di kaca?

Kuala Lumpur akhir 1969
Dewan Masyarakat, April 1970 "

(dari blog ikanikandikaca)

Dan inisiatif anak-anakku tersayang ini, aku abadikan disini.

Terima kasih Abang, terima kasih Along, terima kasih Adik.

What a wonderful world. - yassinsalleh

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Happy birthday mummy. May Allah bless you always. Al Fatihah.

Hello Mummy. Tomorrow will be your birthday and it is the first time you are not around for it. I wish I could still give you birthday presents and cake (which is what you always look forward to on your birthday - you loved cake) but alas all I can give you is a prayer of Al-Fatihah.

We will visit your grave on Thursday and I will see you then.

All the things that we can't do together now and this is one of it. I miss you mum and wish you were here to celebrate what would have been your 61st birthday.

Mum, I was blessed to have had you in my life and I will always carry you in my heart.

You were a gem, an angel on earth, a priceless gift to us. Now that you've returned home to the Almighty, our life is less richer than it used to be foe your precious self is no longer in it.

31 years of having been loved by you feels like such a short span off time. If destiny hadn't decided to take you away when it did, I would have loved to bask in the glory of your love for as long as I could. But as destiny has decided to take you, all I have left now are memories of how life was like when you were here to shower me with your love.

I miss you mum. On your birthday, I wish for you peace in the after life and may our sorrows here not affect you there, wherever you are now. May our remembrance gladdens your soul with the knowledge that you are still very much loved and that your life meant a great deal to those who were lucky enough to have loved you.

Happy birthday mummy. May Allah bless you always.

Adik, Yasleh Hani Wati
Le Cassa Pacifica De Yaslehs
April 5, 2011.

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