Room for Love

Written for:  Poetic Bloomings2 – In-Form:  Pantun

“The Pantun is a Malaysian poetic form.

Wikipedia declares that the Pantun originated as a traditional oral form of expression. The most common theme is love.”

The basic Pantun consists of:

a quatrain (4-line verse),

each line containing between 8 and 12 syllables,

employing an abab rhyme scheme.


So many different types of love–
with each one feelings run deep
For Mom and Dad, I am a mourning dove,
though gone now, their love I keep

My sister has a piece of my heart
With my husband, I share forty years
Though nieces and nephews are scattered apart
I do not forget them, each is dear.

I cherish the few cousins that remain
and hurt for those who left me too soon.
For all my uncles and aunts who deigned
to take me places, teach me things, I must do

with picture albums. Grandparents stare
stiffly from black and white photographs
but I hear their Yiddish/English in my ears.
I’ve cherished many pets.  Two now, make me laugh.

Even old romances make my heart race,
and I wonder if they sometimes think of me.
Each relationship  leaves imprints on spaces
in ever-expanding minds, our endless sea.

About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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