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Variations on the Malay Pantun: The Old Man and the Short Story -X-XII

Variations on the Malay Pantun : The Old Man and the Short Story - X -XII - 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.)


Go West on horseback and fire pistols point blank
Union Pacific galloped at City Lights
The Wench prefers red-hot fire not bullets blank
Old Men let horses ride bareback on Wench sans tights


Go West on quick-shunting trains and let fall frontiers
Go East on horseback and churn Post-Colonial craze
East or West the Wench licks the Master's rears and tears
Not so the Youngster his Beat poems Old Men praise


Shunt not trains which Kipling coupled lest they break wind
Old Men returned from the East rest traumatic
The Wench can take any Beat grind save the hind kind
Not so the Youngster e'en pistol-packing mama flic

© T. Wignesan - Paris, November 12, 2018

Copyright © | Year Posted 2018

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