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bilby commented on the word pantun
A traditional Malay quatrain. One which was recited to me by a funny old fish-seller called Wak James was as follows:Kalau ada jarum patahJangan disimpan di dalam petiKalau saya salah sepatahJangan disimpan di dalam hatiTranslation (though I am not a Winstedt):If a needle should carelessly breakPray, set the fragments safely apartAnd if my tongue hath carelessly spakeKeep not the harshness within your heart.A very concise discussion of pantuns is here.
December 7, 2007