Sajak / Simon Armitage

Sajak / oleh Simon Armitage

Dan apabila salju turun dan salju menutupi jalan
dia ambil sekop lalu menyisihkannya ke sisian.
Dan selalu ia selimuti putrinya di hari malam
Dan menepaknya sekali waktu si anak berdusta.
Dan setiap minggu dia menaikkan setengah upahnya.
Dan yang tak dia habiskan seminggu itu ia tabungkan.
Dan dia puji istrinya untuk setiap makanan yang dimasaknya.
Dan ada sekali, sebab tertawa, ia tinju wajah istrinya.

Dan untuk ibunya ia membayar perawat pribadi.
Dan setiap hari Minggu dia antar pergi ke gereja.
Dan dia meratap ketika dia parah dan makin parah.
Dan dua kali dia curi sepuluh pound dari dompetnya.

Beginilah mereka menilai dia bila terpulang kenang:
kadang ia berbuat begini, kadang ia melakukan itu.

Poem / by Simon Armitage

And if it snowed and snow covered the drive
he took a spade and tossed it to one side.
And always tucked his daughter up at night
And slippered her the one time that she lied.
And every week he tipped up half his wage.
And what he didn’t spend each week he saved.
And praised his wife for every meal she made.
And once, for laughing, punched her in the face.

And for his mum he hired a private nurse.
And every Sunday taxied her to church.
And he blubbed when she went from bad to worse.
And twice he lifted ten quid from her purse.

Here’s how they rated him when they looked back:
sometimes he did this, sometimes he did that.

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