Semakin lara kita didera bara—
kita laungkan juga pesan merdeka:
Demokrasi sebenderang mentari
sehasrat hajat semurni harga diri.

Lama resah kita—demokrasi luka;
lama duka kita—demokrasi lara.
Demokrasi yang angkuh, kita cemuhi;
suara bebas yang utuh, kita idami!

Dua abad lalu Sam Adams berseru:
(di Boston dijirus teh ke laut biru):
Tak diperlu gempita sorak yang gebu,
diperlu hanya unggun api yang syahdu.

Kini menyalalah unggun sakti itu;
kini merebaklah nyala unggun itu.

24—25, 6.11. A. SAMAD SAID

《净选之火》

我们受热火所煎熬——
但我们仍呼喊默迪卡的叮嘱:
民主如太阳般明亮
如信念般热切 如自尊般纯洁。

我们已焦虑许久——为那受伤的民主;
我们已悲伤许久——为那沉疴的民主。
傲慢的民主,是我们厌恶的;
完整的自由之声,是我们梦想的!

两个世纪以前,亚当斯呼吁:
(当他在波斯顿倾茶入蓝色的海洋中)
不需要讨好人的喧哗喝彩,
需要的只是沉稳的篝火。

现在请点燃那神圣之火;
现在请传播那燃烧之火。

24—25, 6.11. 沙末赛益

*The Boston Tea Party was a direct action by colonists in Boston, a town in the British colony of Massachusetts, against the British government and the monopolistic East India Company that controlled all the tea coming into the colonies. On December 16, 1773, after officials in Boston refused to return three shiploads of taxed tea to Britain, a group of colonists boarded the ships and destroyed the tea by throwing it into Boston Harbor. The incident remains an iconic event of American history, and other political protests often refer to it.
*波士頓茶葉事件,亦称波士顿倾茶,是發生在1773年12月16日,因北美被殖民者不滿英國,因而在麻萨诸塞州波士頓傾倒茶葉的事件。該事件最終引起著名的美國獨立戰爭。
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