This is my 301st entry. This time I do not have to shake my old grey matter for idea. I am thankful to Puan Azlina – NINOTAZIZ - our talented poet/folklore specialist chose to leave her comments against my 300th entry. Obviously, picking the concluding sentence I left in that 300th entry, she appears to have read what I had in mind. Resourcefully and subtly she thought of leaving six lines which touches me greatly.
Here is the concluding sentence of my 300th entry, devoid of any poetic aroma:
“ But at this age, being a septuagenarian, how much time do I have to enjoy the sight of the autumn leaves?”
And here is what NINOTAZIZ saw as a more appropriate end to the autumn leaves, bringing in fresh wind from the sea and all:
“The autumn leaf
Has a way of falling gently
A beautiful descent
Depicting a lifetime
Of love, wisdom
A beautiful descent
Swaying in the coastal wind
And lands on bumi pertiwi”
With NINOTAZIZ’s permission I am copying below what she wrote in her email to Pakcik and Makcik following her above contribution for my 301st blog entry.
“Sometime in August for three weeks in a row, NST would feature three articles, or rather Hikayat by me in its pullout, School Times. Perhaps you can use it for your students. It is simplified and short as that was NST's requirement. I was flabbergasted when they wanted me to tell Awang Sulong Merah Muda in less than 400 words…but with Mum's help, I think we managed to pull it off!
And from 1st August onwards, I will be on Bernama Radio 24 at night Monday to Friday for about 5 to 10 minutes, telling Malay folklores and legends, in English though. If your students want to listen in, it would be great. I will let you know the time slot when they have decided. It's about 10.10pm Ithink.
Other than that, take care and Selamat Berpuasa. Our love to the whole family.
Zalina Abdul Aziz @ ninotaziz
ninotaziz on Hikayat Melayu”
I feel certain many of us would want to read NINOTAZIZ’s 3 articles to be featured in NST in August; and hear her on Bernama Radio 24. I, for one, am very proud to have among us, apart from Awang Goneng, talented persons like her. I know of at least one other talented personality who will make the public appearance shortly.
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