Malaysian Pantoum

Strict repeating forms are normally restricted by stanza count, syllable count or a cyclic repeat back to the first stanza. In it’s original Malaysian form there is no such restriction. The rhyme scheme is A1B1A2B2 B1C1B2C2 C1D1C2D2 … and so on. In it’s Malaysian format the pantoum is an ideal medium for narrative poetry that requires repeat and emphasis.

Example: Necromantic Rune by Jez Farmer

A pale reflection as day turns to night
Soon enough the skies will be dark
In her waning of fading silver light
I feel my qi start to spark

Soon enough the skies will be dark
A quiet moment before the storm
I feel my qi start to spark
The air is rich with magic to perform

A quiet moment before the storm
The flames will leap from the fire
The air is rich with magic to perform
As I speak of what I desire

The flames will leap from the fire
Casting shadows where I’m stood
As I speak of what I desire
Amid the scent of sandalwood

Casting shadows where I’m stood
I feel the power of gods and men
Amid the scent of sandalwood
The witching hour is here again

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