Friday, June 15, 2007

Salam Pantun - Tunggu Padi Jemoq

I am very honored to have received an autographed copy of Siri Pantun Nusantara, TUNGGU PADI JEMOQ - Serangkaian Pantun Kedah from the Editor of the book himself; none other than Professor Muhammad Haji Salleh - Sasterawan Negara Malaysia. He is currently here, being invited by Harvard to work on a project. I am glad we got to know Prof & family and it seems like we've known them for ages. Juita, Kasthuri & Mega's well mannered ways just captured my heart, despite briefly meeting them, when they were here visiting their parents. If you want to know, there is a whole website dedicated to Prof Muhammad at http://www.geocities.com/ayahanda_m/ . There we can find a wide ranging field of his involvements, his literary contributions and achievements. I am amazed at the number of awards & prizes he had obtained over the years. Well, I KNow he's one of our Sasterawan Negara ( National Laureate ), but reading through them increased my respect for him even more. Such an unassuming, softspoken person and a loving father as well.
Would like to share beberapa rangkap pantun from the above mentioned book Tunggu Padi Jemoq - Serangkaian Pantun Kedah which was compiled by En Ramli M.I ..........

Sekalung Budi

1. Anak didek di ataih papan,
Padi tumpah di bawah tangga;
Anak adik abang dok pesan,
Buat baek oghang pun suka.

2. Anak itek terlentek-lentek,
Anak angsa terenang-renang;
Buat baek tak boleh baek,
Saja bangsa tak mengenang.

3. Ayam hutan terbang ke hutan,
Mati tersangkut kerana duri;
Adik bukan abang pun bukan,
Mati tersangkut kerana budi.

4. Dalam guni ada padi,
Nama padi, padi pulot;
Baek hati baek budi,
Dia mati oghang sebut.

5. Pokok mengkudu di kaki bukit,
Banyak rumpot darilah dia;
Hidup besatu budi yang baek,
Sama-sama menimbang rasa.

6. Tenang-tenang ayaq di laot,
Sampan kolek mudek ke Tanjong;
Hati terkenang mulot tersebut,
Budi yang baek rasa nak junjong.

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