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Variations on the Malay Pantun: The Old Man and the Short Story - IV-VI

Variations on the Malay Pantun : The Old Man and the Short Story (Continued)

(The pantun line varies between 8 and 12 syllables and is most commonly found in the  anonymous quatrain form. Cf  " Poietics of the Pantun ", pp. 49-67 in T. Wignesan. Sporadic Striving amid Echoed Voices, Mirrored Images and Stereotypic Posturing in Malaysian-Singaporean Literatures. Allahabad : Cyberwit, 2008, xix-244p.)


During the intervals of the play the actors
Spy on older folk queueing outside the lone loo
The Wench in the hall twists and turns on spectators
Not so the Youngster his pen stiff in the igloo


Middle-aged couples in the audience flick through
The programme not reading even the title page
Long years since they thumbed dog-ear-ed novels stuck in glue
Not so the Youngster who jumps high from page to page


Old Men trundle back to their seats trailing wet patches
Not regretting over-coat flirts with hat-check Wench
Old people read novels in bed but in snatches
Not so the Youngster who throws into works his wrench

© T. Wignesan - Paris, November 10, 2018

Copyright © | Year Posted 2018

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