The Accident That Night

Copyright © 2017 by Cindy Handoko

Rintik hujan terus turun dengan deras, membasahi jalan perumahan utama kota yang baru saja selesai diaspal tiga hari yang lalu. Bunyi guyuran air yang menghantam atap-atap rumah dua tingkat yang berderet di sepanjang jalan turut mengeruhkan suasana malam itu. Sirene polisi meraung-raung di kejauhan. Mobil-mobil berderet di sisi kiri jalan, seperti mengantre di belakang garis polisi yang dipasang melintang, ditinggalkan oleh para pemiliknya yang penasaran akan huru-hara yang sedang terjadi.

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[PROLOGUE] The Missing Light

Copyright © 2017 by Cindy Handoko

SEGALA sesuatu terasa biasa.

Gelapnya cakrawala yang dibalut awan mendung tanpa bintang, embusan angin malam yang membawa hawa dingin menusuk tulang, bunyi gemeresik daun yang sesekali terdengar di kejauhan, bau harum samar-samar bunga bugenvil yang baru saja mekar, lorong-lorong sekolah yang remang-remang, kesunyian malam, bunyi dentang jam setiap satu jam sekali—semuanya, semuanya terasa biasa.

Barangkali ada sesuatu yang berbeda malam itu—bukankah biasanya, hal-hal yang nampak wajar menyimpan rahasia yang luar biasa di baliknya? Continue reading

[POEM #14]

The thing is

not everyone is going to pay attention to you

as much as you do yourself

Not everyone is going to notice

all the flaws that keep you up all night

all of them

that frightens you

making you think

that you are so far away from enough

Because they all have those

in themselves too

–CH, April 2017

[POEM #13]

She stayed safe at home

everyday

She went through little

She had no problems

yet she was depressed

He wandered to new places

every night

He went through so much

He defined problem

yet he was numb

And this is not a love story

It’s just

how humans are

–CH, April 2017

[POEM #12] Heaven

I found my place

in the pits of hell

and a devil might not exist within me

but I shall stay a bit longer

until the heat and the fire

burns me up

slowly, intensely

but most of all, WHOLLY

–CH, April 2017

Quote #8

“To understand someone better, write about them. That way, all the unsaid feelings, all the unsaid thoughts, could transform into words, and words are always brutally, magically CLEARER.”