For this I never stop being grateful: that when I am full of doubts and worry, you
never stop reminding me about your unyielding commitment and love. Ever since
your courageous act to fight against all despair, I know that you have invoked what
the disaster had buried under the rubbles: hope. And not only that. To my surprise,
when our eyes locked a feeling I had never felt before also woke; that warmth and
bliss only those who have ever fallen in love would understand. It was a mystery
that I seeked to solve with you. But then, the gods brought us apart. You were
chosen as the heir that people grew to adore and believe in. And this girl,
inspired by your action, served at the temple. Who knows that we
would ever meet again? Yet, there you are, speaking the
words of your unfaltering oaths. Once again, those
doubts inside me are cleared.
no longer a
and its worth
from all those
times we spend together.
Now, with the course of stars set
for both of us, I pray that love stays with us forever.
P. S. “Blade and Chalice” serves as an imaginary dialogue between the two lovers in Nirwata, Jayaprana and Layonsari. The blade represents Jayaprana’s promise to always convince Layonsari about his love for her. The plus sign signifies the first moment they met, that defining encounter that brought them together. Here, in the last part, Layonsari replied to Jayaprana’s promise. I chose blade and chalice because they are ancient symbols of manhood and womanhood.