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.