NaPoWriMo Day 15

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FITNESS AND A FINISH LINE
A Pantun

Pursuing fitness, I will heed the call.
Who would ever interrupt my run?
Kindness makes a better day for all;
Today, a bomber had regard for none.

by Cheryl Crockett

This is the Day 15 Challenge as it appears on napowrimo.net.

“…’write a pantun. Not a pantoum — though they are related. The pantun is a traditional Malay form, a style of which was later adapted into French and then English as the pantoum. A pantun consists of rhymed quatrains (abab), with 8-12 syllables per line. The first two lines of each quatrain aren’t meant to have a formal, logical link to the second two lines, although the two halves of each quatrain are supposed to have an imaginative or imagistic connection. Here’s an example:

I planted sweet-basil in mid-field.
Grown, it swarmed with ants,
I loved but am not loved,
I am all confused and helpless.*

The associative leap from the first couplet to the second allows for a great deal of surprise and also helps give the poems are very mysterious and lyrical quality. Try your hand at just one quatrain, or a bunch of them, and see how you do!

* It’s been pointed out that the example doesn’t rhyme, and its syllable count is suspect. All I can say is that it is a translation from a poem in Malay. A transliteration of the original is below–

Tanam selasih di tengah padang,
Sudah bertangkai diurung semut,
Kita kasih orang tak sayang,
Halai-balai tempurung hanyut.

As you can see, in the original, the abab rhyme is present, and the syllable count is right. Our translator appears to have been more concerned with substance than style! At any rate, I apologize for any confusion.”

Back to Cheryl’s NaPoWriMo 2013 Main Post

My daily haiku is below. I decided to post both poetic projects together.

Haiku #104

Yearly figures dance
They’re not supposed to do that.
Tax form hangover.

by Cheryl Crockett

See Cheryl’s Everyday Haiku 2013

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2 Comments on “NaPoWriMo Day 15”

  1. Beth Camp Says:

    Who could imagine a world without kindness? The pantun poem captures that sense of life being shattered in just a moment.The taxing haiku made me smile as my husband is a retired tax consultant, and I remember well the celebration of April 15!

    • poetatete Says:

      Thanks Beth for reading my posts. Because my haiku are one per day for the whole year, I did not feel right to post them for NaPoWriMo. And because I am (have been and will be) writing so many haiku, I did not think it was appropriate to offer even my better attempts at haiku for NaPoWriMo days I have missed. I like the prompts and would like to respond to as many as possible.


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