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‘Gubug Payung’

Journal | Friday, September 13th, 2013 | sundanesecorner.org

Hawe Setiawan

A teak forest in Eastern Java’s regency of Blora (Photograph: Hawe Setiawan)

Around us: a teak forest. Tree trunks were straight and tall, growing since the mid-1960s, like inland knights row. In the dusty dry season, the trees molt. Fallen leaves drifted, scattered and covered the ground. Weeds between the trees seemed to be just burnt, leaving a black trail on the ground with silvery ash. Through the teak stems, we saw the setting sun. I felt daunted, somehow. This sight looked like a war scene in Kurosawa’s film.

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2 Responses to “‘Gubug Payung’”

  1. Gabriella Mihalyi says:

    These words are just like listening to a Nick Cave song. I like it very much! Thank you!

  2. Hawe Setiawan says:

    Thanks, Gabi, for this encouraging comment.

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