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Honestly, I hardly enjoyed the script written by Samuel Beckett, Waiting for Godot, tragicomedy in two acts (1949). The masterpiece often reviewed by great writers.

For me as a commoner, the dialogue was tedious.

Farraginous topics discussed by Vladimir and Estragon, the two main characters in the story. From a tittle-tattle prattle about shoes and carrots to theological philosophy.

Of course, I giggled, in the part for example:

When Vladimir asks Estragon how the carrots he is eating and Estragon’s flat response: “its a carrot”

Or an absurd conversation:

Estragon: I suppose we blathered

Vladimir: about what?

Estragon: Oh, this and that, I suppose, nothing in particular. Yes, now I remember, yesterday evening we spent blathering about nothing in particular. That’s been going on now for half a century.

Or when a child came and constantly called Vladimir “Mr. Albert “with no explanation.

Following a mumbled jumbled and cavort dialogue was quite provoking, but also driven our curiosity on how the story will lead.

There must be hidden notions behind those brilliant conversations. But that’s not what I want to talk about.

The two rounds dialogue took place while Vladimir and Estragon were waiting for Godot.

Godot was continually mentioned in the conversation, but it never appeared. Those who wait also didn’t seems to know for sure what or who, they were waiting for.

But they keep on waiting as if they were forced and have no other choice but to wait for it. They continue to blather nervously while waiting for Godot.

The absurdity was the thing that made Godot became the center of attention. It showed existence, strength, and capability to forced both Vladimir and Estragon to keep on waiting until the end that it never showed up.

This situation was somewhat similar to current conditions. When everyone in the world constantly waiting and blathering about something, which nobody knows for sure about it, but everyone keeps waiting and discussing with an extraordinary intensity.

At this time

We’re all anxious

We’re all blathering

We’re all waiting

But not for Godot.

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Bogor, April 2020

Hesty Dharmanita Wianggawati

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Kengerian itu dimulai pada akhir 2019 di Wuhan, Cina, ketika Li Wenliang seorang dokter muda disebuah rumah sakit menyampaikan kegelisahannya akan kemunculan virus misterius yang menular sangat cepat. Ia memperingatkan koleganya agar berhati-hati. Namun dengan cepat polisi Wuhan membungkamnya dan menuduhnya “menyebar rumor” sehingga Ia pun berhenti bersuara.

Medio Maret 2020, Virus Corona atau COVID-19 yang ditemukan oleh Li Wenliang telah menjadi pandemic yang melanda seluruh dunia, menginfeksi  jutaan manusia dan membunuh puluhan ribu jiwa.  Dr. Li Wenliang, sang peniup peluit pun ikut terjangkit. Ia meninggal dunia pada 7 Februari 2020 dalam usia 34 tahun, meninggalkan seorang anak dan istri yang sedang hamil.

Kemarin hantu itu masih terasa begitu jauh.

Kini Ia benar-benar sudah tiba disini dan terasa begitu dekat, menjangkiti satu persatu orang di kota ini.

Jika beruntung melewatinya, suatu saat nanti saya akan membaca tulisan indah yang terinspirasi cerita tragis Li Wenliang seperti La Peste karya Albert Camus yang bercerita tentang kisah heroik seorang dokter ditengah ganasnya wabah Pes, atau yang berbalut romansa, sebagaimana dituliskan Gabriel Garcia Marquez dalam karyanya yang monumental, Love in The Time of Cholera yang sangat manis dan mendebarkan.

Jika berhasil melewatinya, di suatu pagi, di balkon yang asri dengan bunga bugenvile putih  bermekaran,  burung-burung gereja berkicau melompat-lompat di ranting pohon belimbing, masih akan kudengar lelaki yang melantunkan ayat – ayat suci dan dua gadis lembut rupawan bercengkrama dihangatnya cahaya mentari.

حَسْبُنَا اللّٰهُ وَنِعْمَ الْوَكِيْلُ

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Bogor, March 2020

HDW

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