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Where Hummingbirds Come From
Asal-Usul Burung Kolibri

Bilingual French-English Where Hummingbirds Come From

Translated by Abdul Mukhid

It was a cold winter day.
Hari itu adalah musim dingin.

The snow was falling outside
Di luar salju berjatuhan

and grandmother was in her chair by the fireplace
dan nenek duduk di kursi dekat perapian.

She had that far away look she gets sometimes.
Kadang pandangannya menerawang.

I crawled up into her lap hoping for a story.
Aku minta dipangku dengan harapan akan didongengi.

She wrapped her arms around me and said,
Beliau memelukku erat dan berkata,

When I was a little girl just like you
“Ketika Nenek masih kecil seperti kamu,

my grandmother told me about some magic waters."
nenek buyutmu menceritakan soal air ajaib."

 

 

Where Hummingbirds Come From

Grandmother smiled at me and asked,
Nenek tersenyum padaku lalu bertanya,

Would you like to hear what she had to say?
“Maukah kau mendengar ceritanya?”

Oh Boy
Ya ampun!

I thought, as I eagerly shook my head yes.
pikirku ketika dengan antusias mengangguk.

This is what I was hoping for.
Inilah yang aku harapkan.

This is the way my grandmother told me
Inilah yang diceritakan nenek kepadaku…