Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Buah Cempedak

buah cempedak di luar pagar,
ambil galah tolong jolokkan,
saya budak baru belajar,
kalau salah tolong tunjukkan

Literal Translation

there are jackfruits on the other side of the fence,
take a bamboo stick and please pluck for me,
im still a kid learning,
if i do anything wrong, please show(teach) me

* This is a classic Pantun that most Malaysians would probably know. Its about learning a new thing and not afraid of making mistakes. It shows the 'optimistic' mind of the Malays back then.

The pembayang is probably intended to make the Pantun rhymes. however, its interesting to note that most pembayang consists of objects that could be found in pastoral setting. for example cempedak, pisang, galah and semut.

1 comment:

pamina said...

cool...reminds me what a beautiful language we are blessed with.