MALAYSIAN HAIKU/SENRYU ECHOES 463: WAKE UP
wake up to keep fit
healthy to attend my wake
meet in promised land
Many Malaysians fail to understand that learning English through literature can be fun and easier. Of course, you return to pick up the fundamentals of grammar later. (The Chinese have no grammar and tenses, and their minds are as sharp). Many prefer to read novels (non fiction), rather than poetry. Personally I prefer haiku/senryu for its brevity and diction. It may be perplexing for the beginner, but once the essence is understood, it can serve as a thinking and healing tool.
In my last haiku, Apt for Other Half, there are some other disagreement. Many miss out the word, or meaning of “Äpt” (suitable or appropriate). In other words, what is suitable for one, may not be so to another. People have choices, and your choice is your best, though it may not be true all the time.
In this haiku, the word, wake, is both a verb and a noun. Many Malaysians are more familiar with the verb, such as wake up from sleep. Or idioms, such as wake up to the farce in the country. Wake, as a noun, may mean a funeral, or the wake of waves.
Every morning I send a short personal message to my family, relatives and friends, rather than forwarded mails or pictures, which people click , without reflection or reading. I wrote, ” Good morning to all. Straight sleep for 7.5 hours, 75 min. of exercises, watched news . Followed by breakfast, with bread and meat, salad, passion fruit, banana, unsweetened coffee”. The main thing is to encourage them to exercise more often. This morning, a friend responded thus ” good, you are doing the right thing”. I replied, “what is good, if I survive and friends are gone, and there will be no buddy to gossip.” “True, no friends to attend our wake”. “ÖK, you keep fit to attend my wake”. I wrote the haiku straight and posted to him. “The promised land is vast, uncertain, and may be posted to different regions.” “No, you must use Malaysian Pos Laju (fast mail delivery). Boleh kah, or lah.”(Malaysian slang, can?) I will wake up in my wake to whisper to you on arrival. (Well, someone ask me about After Death.)