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Ewith Bahar is a poetess, novelist, editor, translator and essayist
                                                           from Indonesia, and lives in Jakarta. She had a long time career in
                                                           a mass-communication field, radio and television industry, as a TV
                                                           host at Television of Republic of Indonesia (TVRI, a government TV
                                                           station)  for  several  cultural  and  musical  programs.  She  has
                                                           published nine books, in all genres, poetry, short stories, novel and
                                                           essay.  In  2015,  she  was  a  producer  and  publisher  for  Hungarian
                                                           poetess’ bilingual poetry book, titled POISON (Racun), Kinga

                       Fabo, for Indonesian market. Ewith Bahar also organized Indonesian poets to publish their works
                       into  ten  poetry  anthologies  since  2014.  One  of  her  own  poetry  books,  Sonata  Borobudur,  got  a
                       prestigious prize from Indonesian National Library as The Best Five Indonesian Poetry Books 2019.
                       Ewith Bahar also loves teaching. Several years ago, she run public speaking course for children,
                       involving many famous names as teachers for the course. She was a teacher at a communication
                       institution,  Interstudi  and  LEPPKINDO,  and  she  is  also  a  public  speaker  for  communications
                       matters, creative writing and bibliotherapy.

                                         Ewith Bahar, Indonesia

                        RED STRAWBERRY                                           THOSE DAYS

                     Red strawberry is love                                      Those days…..beckoning me
                     Bright and tempting                                         To a life in a south-facing home,
                     To be caressed, to be kissed, to be touched                 that enriched with pomelos

                                                                                 A place where memories lie,
                     But only in the first bite, the love lies                   showered by golden affection
                     Where the nectary fluid teasing the tongue
                     causing addiction                                           I have left that heaven on earth
                                                                                 Being away from a chain of plays and toys
                     The deeper the tongue bites                                 Trapped in a life’s grieves
                     The more sour water of pain shower the bud                  Hugged by the complicatedness

                     The glistened red strawberry                                It’s the distance, separating
                     Unavoidably infatuating                                     Make the frozen memories, melting
                     Unavoidably torturing.                                      I wiped the solemn tears of longing.

                                                LIKE SWEET ALYSSUM

                     Spring days come, spring days go                            Sweet season is caught in my black tresses
                     But love like life, stays                                   In cozy patios with rosy roses
                     Reborn every morning every night                            And in the balmy two sealed lips
                     Mesmerizing like serenade composition
                                                                                 Unwinged and anonymous dreams
                     As spring approaches,                                       Are killed every time the eyes open
                     A light exists                                              leaving chartreuse seeds of realities
                     Sending its orange bliss                                    which will live in all seasons
                     With brand new philosophies                                 like sweet alyssum

                                                                                 spring days, embellishing the ordinary

                                                                                 but life will come to a standstill
                                                                                 and love follows with a fragrance of eternity.

                            REDEFINING WORLD                                                                              79
                          EDITED BY SHAJIL ANTHRU
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