Sunday, May 17, 2009

I'm proud to say this...

Tidak ada guru yang tidak bangga bila membaca puisi hasil karya Allahyarham Usman Awang ini...
Guru O Guru
Berburu ke padang datar
Dapat rusa belang kaki
Berguru kepala ajar
Ibarat bunga kembang tak jadi

Dialah pemberi paling setia
Tiap akar ilmu miliknya
Pelita dan lampu segala
Untuk manusia sebelum menjadi dewasa.

Dialah ibu dialah bapa juga sahabat
Alur kesetiaan mengalirkan nasihat
Pemimpin yang ditauliahkan segala umat
Seribu tahun katanya menjadi hikmat.

Jika hari ini seorang Perdana Menteri berkuasa
Jika hari ini seorang Raja menaiki takhta
Jika hari ini seorang Presiden sebuah negara
Jika hari ini seorang ulama yang mulia
Jika hari ini seorang peguam menang bicara
Jika hari ini seorang penulis terkemuka
Jika hari ini siapa saja menjadi dewasa;
Sejarahnya dimulakan oleh seorang guru biasa
Dengan lembut sabarnya mengajar tulis-baca.

Di mana-mana dia berdiri di muka muridnya
Di sebuah sekolah mewah di Ibu Kota
Di bangunan tua sekolah Hulu Terengganu
Dia adalah guru mewakili seribu buku;
Semakin terpencil duduknya di ceruk desa
Semakin bererti tugasnya kepada negara.
Jadilah apa pun pada akhir kehidupanmu, guruku
Budi yang diapungkan di dulang ilmu
Panggilan keramat "cikgu" kekal terpahat
Menjadi kenangan ke akhir hayat

Usman Awang, 1979

Yes, this is not the only poem exists concerning teachers...but this is the most moving of all. I've 'fallen in love' at first sight when I first came across this poem years ago. More than words can explain how I feel everytime I'm reading it.

May 16 - Happy Teacher's Day to all my friends out there and all teachers wherever you are. I'm really glad and thankful that I am still being remembered despite being far, far away from my homeland. Thanks for all the HAPPY TEACHER'S DAY messages I've received through sms from my (ex) Boss, a non-teacher close friend, two ex-students (Fariza & Rifa'at from USIM, thanks dear!), a colleague and not forgetting from my other colleagues and friends through Facebook.

As I said before, I may not be a very good teacher but when I'm being remembered, it does tell me something...

p/s - ...and I'm proud to say that I AM a TEACHER.

10 comments:

Syigim said...

yesssss proud to be a teacher, kak ziela!!!

and kak ziela, you ARE a good teacher when you've touched the hearts and minds of many.. :)

happy teachers day!

nekPP said...

oh yeahhh..teacherrr...
HAPPY TEACHERS DAY!! ;))

inahar ali said...

salam ziela..ooh..cikgu ek! patutler terrer sgt berbahas2 nih! hehe..hepi teacher's day ye! eh..apa link facebook ziela ek??

Imeirda said...

Dear Teacher... Happy Teacher's Day!

domestic engineer said...

Thanks Syigim, your words soothe me..

Thank u la nekPP...lap u hi hi..

Kak Inahar: Apa nyer yg terer sgt ni kakak doc...? Anyway thanks. Klu kakak doc tu, dah la terer mengubat orang, terer masak lak tuh.

Thanks teacher Jeda, happy teacher's day to u too.

huraz said...

Happy Belated Teacher's day and also Belated Mother's day Ziela.

eiyda said...

Kak Ziela..
Laa ye ke..tak tau..sori dah terlepas hari..Selamat hari guru..

Wiz said...

Ziela, I have been trying to contact you. The cakes are ready, can I send them tmrw morning, wednesday morning. And who should I send them to? The HM ker?

domestic engineer said...

Doll: Thanks Doll. Those two greetings go to u too.

Eiyda: Dah terlepas keretapi nampak he he...it's the thought that counts, thanks!

domestic engineer said...

Wiz: I'm so very terribly sorry!! Communication breakdown jap kat blog as well as email. I'm easily accessible at FB at the moment though.

Luckily, I tergerak hati nak sms u siang tadi! Phew..