survival (a pantun)

Like rain in the middle of one hot summer
I was surprised with your sudden arrival.
Before I could pray, you’re sent as the answer,
a blessing for my gasping heart’s survival.

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In response to Blogging from A to Z Challenge and NaPoWriMo 2018.
P is for Pantun.
The Pantun was at one time an integral part of Malaysian life, used to propose marriage, to tell a proverb, or to celebrate just about any occasion, even shared between warriors about to battle. It is originally folk verse.
The elements of the Pantun are:
  1. most often a poem in a single quatrain made up of two complete couplets.
  2. syllabic, all lines are of the same length, lines are written in 8 to 12 syllables each.
  3. rhymed, rhyme scheme abab.
  4. written in two complete couplets. The first , the shadow is to set the structure but its focus may be quite different from the second couplet, the meaning in which the message is set.


8 thoughts on “survival (a pantun)”

  1. “Before I could pray, you’re sent as the answer,”

    This is a skillful way to describe spiritual surprise. The Holy Spirit certainly can do this for us. Special work, sister!


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