Today’s prompt from NaPoWriMo: “write a pantun. Not a pantoum — though they are related. The pantun is a traditional Malay form, a style of which was later adapted into French and then English as the pantoum. A pantun consists of rhymed quatrains (abab), with 8-12 syllables per line. The first two lines of each quatrain aren’t meant to have a formal, logical link to the second two lines, although the two halves of each quatrain are supposed to have an imaginative or imagistic connection.”
Huh? Here goes, with a little help from my grandson, Niall (10 years old.)
Wisdom of the Owl.
Heads spin around, glowered eyes blink, wisdom speaks.
Nails hook on branches, as feathers preen with beaks.
“Who,” “Who,” “Who,” I say to anyone who passes.
Who is that? Who here trespasses?
A boy, quieter than a field mouse,
Tiptoes into his next best friend’s house.
Wisdom’s fool is anyone’s guess.
Chances taken invite a guest.