PAVANE for a Javanese Princess

Dear sister from mysterious Java
Nausikaa – who conducted me
to the court of your ancestors,

Hilmyah, grave princess,
Learning of your death
as pilgrim walking around Mekka’s Kaabah
I suffer. I know, rather should I glorify,

Because you finished your course
Through you the Istana got new life.
Your great-grandmothers
Will recognize you as a matriarche.

May on my suffering breath the soft breeze
of which Eliah spoke, when God is near.
To Mekka you came veiled
and to receive you, veiled too,
it was none other than Christ Himself
in Whom, on Judgment’s Day, I hope to see you smile



About dutasia

Former Ambassador of the Netherlands, presently National Commissioner for Thailand and for Indonesia in the ICC, the International Chamber of Commerce, the World Business Organization. Chairman of China Carbon Forum in Beijing, China.
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