Dari Fabel Aesop (From Aesop’s Fable)

Suatu hari, Angin yang kuat dan ditakuti, mendengar pembicaraan burung-burung di pohon. “Matahari sangat hebat! Dia diam dan rendah hati, tapi mampu membuat semua makhluk hidup bahagia!” kata burung-burung itu. (One day, the Wind that was strong and feared heard the birds’ conversation at the trees. “The Sun is really great! He’s quiet and humble but he’s able to make all beings feel happy!” says the birds.)

Angin tidak suka kalau Matahari dikatakan lebih hebat. Ia menemui Matahari di tempat tinggalnya yang penuh awan. “Matahari! Dimana kau!” teriak Angin. ( The Wind didn’t like it when the Sun was said to be great. He met the Sun at his residence that was full of clouds. “Sun! Where’re you?” shouts the Wind.)

Matahari mempunyai sifat ceria dan menyenangkan. “Selamat datang, Angin. Kenapa marah-marah?” tanya Matahari tersenyum. ( The Sun had a cheerful and pleasant nature. “Welcome, Wind. Why are you angry?” asks the Sun, smiling.)

“Burung-burung mengatakan kalau kau itu hebat! Aku kesal! Mari kita bertanding!” ajak Angin. (“The birds are saying that you’re great! I’m pissed! Let’s compete!” invites the Wind.)

Angin mengajak Matahari menemui seorang pengembara. “Lihat, pengembara itu memakai mantel! Siapa yang bisa membuat si pengembara melepaskan mantelnya, dialah yang terkuat!” seru Angin. (The Wind invited the Sun to meet a wanderer. “Look, that wanderer is wearing a coat! Whoever can make him to take off his coat, he’s the strongest!” exclaims the Wind.)

Angin memulai lebih dulu. Dia bertiup keras, “Wuuush!!” Si pengembara ketakutan dan memegang erat-erat mantelnya. (The Wind started first. He blew hard, “Wooosh!!” The wanderer was scared and held his coat tightly.)

Matahari hanya diam dan bersinar terik. Tak lama kemudian, si pengembara melepas mantelnya karena kepanasan. (The Sun stood still and shone blazingly. Not long after, the wanderer took off his coat because of the heat.)

Angin sangat terkejut tetapi belum mau menyerah. Lalu Angin mengajak Matahari ke sebuah danau. “Ayo kita mengurangi air danau dan mengembalikannya lagi! Siapa yang dengan mudah melakukannya, dialah pemenangnya!” ucap Angin. (The Wind was very surprised but he didn’t want to give up. Then the Wind asked the Sun to come to a lake. “Let’s decrease the lake water then increase it again! Whoever can do it with ease will win!” says the Wind.)

Angin meniup air di danau dan mengembalikannya lagi. Namun dia  kelelahan! (The Wind blew the lake water and returned it back again. But he was exhausted!)

Matahari lagi-lagi hanya bersinar dengan diam. Lama kelamaan, air di danau berkurang, menguap, dan membentuk awan-awan hitam. Kilat menyambar dan hujan pun turun di atas danau. Air danau kembali lagi seperti semula! (The Sun only shone again in silence. Slowly but sure, the lake water decreased, evaporated, and formed black clouds. Lightning stroke down and rain came down onto the lake. The lake water was back to normal!)

Akhirnya, Angin pun mengakui Matahari sebagai pemenang.  “Kurasa aku hanya bisa membuat diriku kuat dan ditakuti, bukan disenangi dan dipuji…,” keluh Angin. (Finally, the Winds recognized the Sun as the winner. “I think I can only make myself to be strong and feared, not loved and praised…,” complains the Wind.)

Matahari menghibur Angin. “Kau bisa membuat dirimu disenangi. Kalau aku bersinar terik, kau bisa bertiup pelan untuk memberi kesegaran!” kata Matahari. (The Sun cheered the Wind up. “You can make yourself to be loved. When I shine blazingly, you could blow softly to give freshness!” says the Sun.)

Sejak itu, Angin dan Matahari bekerja sama memberi kebahagiaan pada makhluk hidup. (Since then, the Wind and the Sun worked together to bring happiness to the living.)

 

 

Cerita: Seruni    Ilustrasi: JFK

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