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Variations on the Malay Pantun: The Old Man and the Short Story - VII-IX

Variations on the Malay Pantun : The Old Man and the Short Story - VII-IX  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.)


The One-Act Play's the favourite Old Men's roman fleuve
Experience shows Old Men how to keep the Wench in hell
They know how to stoke the Imagination with love
They need no how-to softwares to write a novel


The One-Act Play they say is still Old Men's mainstay
Though on Freytag's Triangle they slip down climax
The Wench cannot make Old Men still come up their way
Not so the Youngster his horns gore Wench's false syntax


The Wench always seeks to milk Old Men in side-burns
Old Men know One-Act Plays don't box-office burgeon
Nor drips invested in banks ensure big returns
Not so the Youngster who banks his bit in oven

© T. Wignesan - Paris, November 11, 2018

Copyright © | Year Posted 2018

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