Written for: Poetic Bloomings2-In-Form: Pantun
The basic pantun consists of a quatrain (4-line verse). Commonly, each line contains between 8 and 12 syllables, and employs an abab rhyme scheme. A pantun traditionally follows a fixed rhythm. Per Wikipedia, “The first and second lines sometimes appear completely disconnected in meaning from the third and fourth, but there is almost invariably a link of some sort. Whether it be a mere association of ideas, or of feeling, expressed through assonance or through the faintest nuance of a thought, it is nearly always traceable.”
Holidays that once held so much joy
are tinged with blue shadows of loss.
Traditional foods prepared to buoy
our spirits enable respect to come across,
through generations and faces new
participating with eagerness.
We, who are older, are somewhat imbued
with bittersweet aches, yet warmth of togetherness.