Musim Dingin di Negeri Pipit (Winter in the Land of Finch)

Paku adalah seekor burung pipit yang tinggal di Negeri Pipit. Pada suatu pagi, Paku dibangunkan dari tidur oleh sahabatnya, Kupi, untuk mengumpulkan biji-bijian. Paku yang kesal, bekerja sambil menggerutu. ( Paku is a finch who lives in the Land of Finch. One morning, Paku is awoken by his best friend, Kupi, to go and gather seeds together. Paku is upset, and he whines as he works. )

Di tengah pekerjaan, Paku dan Kupi melihat Ratu Pipit pergi dengan pengawalan megah tanpa menoleh ke tempat mereka. Seolah tidak mempedulikan rakyat yang bekerja keras atas perintahnya. “Ayo, kita tinggalkan pekerjaan dan pergi dari negeri yang tidak adil ini,” ajak Paku kepada Kupi. ( In the middle of work, Paku and Kupi see the Finch Queen leaves with a royal escort without even looking at their place. As if, she doesn’t care about her hardworking people who do as she says. “Come on, let’s leave our job and get away from this unjust land,” Paku asks Kupi. )

Paku dan Kupi pun pergi meninggalkan Negeri Pipit. Mereka terbang melihat pemandangan dari atas dan terkejut karena daratan berubah menjadi putih. Keduanya memutuskan turun dan melihat keadaan. “Mengapa seperti ini? Seharusnya musim dingin masih lama,” ucap Paku heran. Tiba-tiba, terdengar suara bernada penuh wibawa. “Tahun ini Ratu Salju ingin musim dingin datang lebih cepat. Sebulan lagi musim dingin akan sampai ke Negeri Pipit,” jelas Ratu Pipit. “Baik, Yang Mulia Ratu!” seru Paku dan Kupi seraya membungkuk memberi hormat. ( Paku and Kupi then fly away from the Land of Finch. They fly and see the view from up above, and are surprised to see that the land has turned white. Both decided to come down and look around. “How can this be? Winter shouldn’t have arrived quickly,” says Paku in confusion. Suddenly, a dignified voice is head. “This year, the Snow Queen wants winter to come early. In a month, it will reach the Land of Finch,” explains the Finch Queen. “Yes, your Royal Highness!” reply Paku and Kupi as they bow in respect. )

Ternyata, karena hal inilah Ratu Pipit memerintahkan rakyat bekerja keras mengumpulkan bahan makanan. “Maaf, telah membuat kalian menderita. Aku sudah mencoba membujuk Ratu Salju, tapi dia tak peduli,“ kata Ratu Pipit sedih. “Jadi, itu alasan Anda melakukan perjalanan jauh? Maafkan kami karena mengira Anda tidak bekerja, Ratu,” ujar Paku dan Kupi menyesal. “Tidak apa, lain kali aku akan lebih terbuka. Kalian berhak tahu, karena kalian adalah rakyatku,” Ratu Pipit tersenyum lembut. ( Apparently, this is why the Finch Queen ordered her people to work harder in gathering food. “We’re sorry to have caused you trouble. I have persuaded the Snow Queen, but she does not care,” says the Finch Queen sadly. “So, that’s why you took the long journey? We’re sorry for thinking that you haven’t done work, oh Queen,” reply Paku and Kupi in regret. “It’s alright, next time I’ll be more transparent. You have the right to know because you are my people,” smiles the Finch Queen. )

Paku dan Kupi pun kembali ke Negeri Pipit dan bekerja dengan penuh tanggung jawab. Ketika musim dingin tiba, Paku dan Kupi bersama teman-temannya bersuka ria menikmati hasil kerja keras mereka. ( Paku and Kupi return to the Land of Finch and work with utmost responsibility. When the winter comes, Paku and Kupi along with their friends are happy to be enjoying the result of their hard work. )

 

Cerita: Seruni   Ilustrasi: JFK

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