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POTD: Poetic seller beckons with traditional Pantun poems

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

Lifestyle and technology blogger Mohd Hisham went on a Ramadan walkabout at the night bazaar.

Waxing lyrical - literally - about his wares. Photo taken with a Nikon D90 with a 50mm f/1.8 lens. Photo credit: Mohd Hisham.

Waxing lyrical – literally – about his wares. Photo taken with a Nikon D90 with a 50mm f/1.8 lens. Photo credit: Mohd Hisham.

“In our current age of fast and furious, we don’t always get to beat around the bush to make our point. Knowing when someone is about to get lyrical in a pantun manner, prepares you to know that the actual point of the message is further down the line,” says Mohd Hisham, Lifestyle & Technology Blogger at mhisham.org.

What caught Hisham’s eye was this guy perched on a high chair holding a microphone and selling his wares by reciting traditional 4-lined poems.

According to Hisham, the Malay poem style is known as pantun, comprising usually 4 stanzas, sometimes 3.

The gentleman in the photo was reciting the traditional and more common 4-stanza poems.

Hisham blogs at his Lifestyle and Technology blog: mhisham.org.