Good Day my dear friends,
Pantun is a Malay poetic form traditionally expressed orally by young men in pursuit of love. It consists of 4 lines with variations of rhymes including a-a-a-a and a-b-a-b. Pantun is best known for its brevity and eloquence, despite the prominence of its highly allusive character. The major theme is love but later in its development it has also included other themes.
In the past many Indonesians created Pantun but now its popularity is in sharp decline. It is now one of my goals to revive the eloquent literary tradition and introduce it into an international audience. Through this Blog, I strive to do so. For those of you who have been here for a while, you may have read my previous attempts with Pantun: “In My Heart Your Name is Beautifully Crafted” and “A Hug From My Heart“. But for those of you who haven’t read them, I highly recommend you read them.
Below is a modern version of Pantun that I have recently written, entitled, “Your Heart is My Favorite Playground”. In making this post, I collaborated with my dear little sister, Sylvia Hasie, http://kofegeek.wordpress.com/ and http://kofeart.wordpress.com/. I wrote the Pantun and she drew the sketch. For those of you who have no idea who Hasie is, let me tell you that this Harvard graduate student paints too well and makes awesome-sketches. Surely her blog is worth visiting, and following-if you like.
Hasie and I are actually thinking of making our Pantun collaboration a mid-term project in which in the end we could publish a Pantun Anthology. Yes, in English! So wish us luck!
And the Pantun? Here goes:
The path is long and the earth is round
The dripping rain makes a perfect sound
To the magic of your love I am happily bound
And I’ve made your heart my favorite playground!