Amidst the Silence Embrace

2/15/2018 11:57:00 PM
When words have lost its significance
and melodious sounds have no ear to listen with,
any thoughts were put aside and 
the weather was not meant to be discussed.

His warm breath was sensed close by her neck
as her arm caressed his firm spine,
and strands of hair dangled in front of her face
as his finger danced around them.

Tighten, the arms pulled both torsos together
and crushed each other's sanity,
memories got no vocabulary
and there wasn't any notion but a thing;

the definition of something isn't on
any dictionary,
it's a serenity.

- Amidst the Silence Embrace

What Mr. Rochester Would Say

2/11/2018 09:05:00 PM
Do not take words uttered
from one's mouth that breath
each vowel with significance remarks
for granted

It isn't produce by a machine
nor modern robot
it is one's spirit that addresses
your spirit

as if both had passed through
the grave
and stood at God's feet

as we are.

- What Mr. Rochester Would Say (inspired by Jane Eyre)

Unlike Fairytale: The Little Mermaid

2/02/2018 12:16:00 PM
She began the day by caressing her fin
with a sheet of seagrass chopped from a distance,
used to be as green as the feast for the eyes
now is filled with thingamabobs that they cast.

Why would they ruin such an allure, she asked,
that does no harm other than being alive.
While diving to her surrounding, wandering
her home's closer to a moonless sky.

Wasn't a scholar of their fundamental existence 
stated this is the substances of life and all,
the monstrous fellas called him Thales of Miletus,
if her recollection is not getting fuzzier to pitfall.

One time she found what she called that fellas,
fell from their equipment to transport by her home.
She conveyed him home and heard his sound like a thunder,
what a dolt to want someone with a fin and a gut to feel.

Perhaps one day she'll learn enough words,
until one day blood will flowing from her fin
that she welcome with no groan nor tears
to give them a punchline they see coming.

- Unlike Fairytale: The Little Mermaid


1/26/2018 03:25:00 PM
The calendar marked today
was the day he touched her hand
like the way he tried to make
a snowball in a four-season country.

Delicate, yet gripped each finger
with the precise angle to entwine with each other,
slowly curling into a single ball
ready to bounce into whatever out there.

She can still feel his finger
like a glove, wrapped in hers
that she can't take off ever since months ago
'Twas pleasantly remarkable things.


1/06/2018 10:18:00 PM
Biar Sang Waktu Menertawakan

Kita membiarkan waktu bergerak
Perlahan atau cepat tiada kita peduli
Menyilih dan menyilah dalam berderak
Abai kita padanya yang tertawa geli

Kita biarkan waktu bergerak menepi
Kita hanya diam menikmati
Tak banyak kata kita ganti
Tapi makna yang banyak kita dapati

Selang siang diganti petang
Waktu memaksa kita pulang
Menuju kediaman kita mengenang
Tentang hari ini kita akhiri senang

- eM. A

What Would Stranger Things' Characters Read?

12/14/2017 12:22:00 AM
The internet and millennial were astonished by a love letter to the 80s era of supernatural stories called Stranger Things. Nielsen surveys also stated that Stranger Things did massive numbers on Netflix site. It's a science fiction serial which started with the journey of finding a missing kid in small town, Hawkins, and the discovery of supernatural occurrences there. A group of children with the help of a girl with telekinetic power (from some secret experiments) figuring out where the missing kid is and its connection with a parallel universe called the "Upside Down". Stranger Things season two is now available for streaming on Netflix (or in every video-streaming site).

Weeks ago, Netflix dropped the news about the renewal of the series. "FOR THE LOVE OF STEVE, DUH! So hold tight baby darts — season 3 is officially happening.", they said, without dropping any clue on when would it be. In the waiting time, other than binge-watching season one and two, let's recall Hawkins (or the Upside Down) vibe with reading books which the characters would read. Each of the characters has the unique characteristic that differs them from others. We also can get a clear idea of what would these characters do in the next chapter.

1. Mike Wheeler: Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist

A story about a meaningful friendship between a bullied boy and a peculiar girl who turned out has special power surely will relate to Mike. While he's waiting for Eleven to pick up his 'telepathic' phone call, he will pick this book up to his reading shelf. The gloomy theme in this book also will be his diversion of whatever darkness inside him. Well, if there's any.

2. Nancy Wheeler: My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix
The power of friendship is undoubtedly one of the things that Nancy believes most. This book which sets in the 80s too will speak to her like no other book does. It tells us the story about saving a girl's best friend from the demon's grip. The main theme of friendship is addressed in 80s high school drama. Nancy better tries not mourning over Barb for too long with reading a book.

3. Eleven: Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Eleven as a character isn't anything but peculiar (in a good way) indeed. She realized she is someone who is very much different from other kids in the group. Finding out the book about a bunch of children with special powers similar to her will make her feel less alone. Hopefully, she will accept who she is and recognize that differences are okay. This book's choice of words is not a worry to be reckoned with since we all know she only can say a word or two. Yet, it's better not the last time she whispered the word "mouthbreather" in a cynical way.

4. Jim Hopper: Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
It must be a shock to the head of the sheriff in Hawkins to find his lovely town is just full of danger and supernatural occurrences. A book about a man who found himself in "London Below", a magical realm coexisting with the more familiar London, referred to as "London Above" (seems familiar, huh?). The habitants also are generally invisible and seem non-existent to the people in the real town. Let's hope the book will help him cope with the confusion and give him insight on how to handle the situation.

5. Max Mayfield: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Max entered the town of Hawkins with no expectation of being the new addition of the group with a pile of secrets. Alas, missions and adventures are not new words in her dictionary due to her passion for gaming. This dystopian book which brings the idea of how game and reality collide in the world of crisis will be the one she picks up on the bookstore. The infamous MADMAX surely can put the game down for reading this first.

6. Billy Hargrove: A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
Full of violence and crime, this book is a delight to such character like Billy who is still seen as a one-dimensional character. He also is surrounded by people who want to change him or label him as ruthless or cruel. However, the book brings out the ideas that if someone doesn't learn to change for himself, then people are only just holding him prisoner.

7. Steve Harrington: Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
All these hypes from solving mysteries and threats in Hawkins got Steve wanting to do more adventure in the future. In the waiting time of another duty call to babysit the group, he can read this adventure book about a quest for buried treasures. Nancy can wait for a story about pirates and treasures, aye?

8. Lucas Sinclair: Lord of the Flies by William Golding
Lucas is the one who maintains the group in the plausible and the pragmatic. A book that got him thinking about how a group of kids survives on the strange island will put him on the edge of the seat. Especially, when he needs that diversion from the endless Dungeon and Dragons games with the group.

9. Dustin Henderson: The Hitchhiker's Guide to The Galaxy by Douglas Adams

Dustin is the most scientifically inclined of the group, despite his love of fantasy. As the winner of the annual science fair every time, he will enjoy this particular comedy science fiction book. He will find that nothing is as it seems: he learns that a towel is just the most useful thing in the universe, finds the meaning of life, and discovers that "Don't Panic" is a compelling method. It's a delight for a fantasy and science fan like him.

10. Jonathan Byers: Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
The fondness of being alone and photography makes him not being seen as an amiable fellow in Hawkins. Although, we all know that he is a good person at heart. When he grows a friendship with Nancy and gets to know more people, he revealed more about himself to others. And sooner or later, people know more about him and get acquainted with him too. This book will help him to be nostalgic about the old days and prove a thing or two about his current social experiences in high school.

Here are some book suggestions, my random doodles, and analysis on why the characters will be interested in reading these books. Have some disagreements or other suggestions? You are more than welcome to leave a comment below!
Or tell us which one you're more related to!

Nabila Cyrilla Imani

Ujian Akhir Semester matakuliah Pemasaran Digital
Departemen Ilmu Komunikasi
Fakultas Ilmu Sosial dan Ilmu Politik
Universitas Indonesia