Sunday, 13 October 2013

Are Still Playing Your Flute: Form 5 Poem

Are You Still Playing Flute?

The Original Version of the Poem (Malay Version)

Masihkah Kau Bermain Seruling oleh Zurinah Hassan

Masihkah kau bermain seruling
walau waktu telah terlewat untuk kita bercinta
aku semakin terasa bersalah
melayani godaan irama
lagu yang tersimpan pada lorong halus buluh
dikeluarkan oleh nafas seniman
diukir oleh bibir
diatur oleh jari
dilayangkan oleh alun angin
menolak ke dasar rasa.

Masihkah kau bermain seruling
ketika kampung semakin sunyi
sawah telah uzur
waktu jadi terlalu mahal
untuk memerhatikan hujan turun
merenung jalur senja
mengutip manik embun
menghidu harum bunga.

Masihkah kau bermain seruling
ketika aku terasa mata bersalah
untuk melayani rasa rindu padamu
di kota yang semakin kusut dan tenat
adik-adikku menganggur dan sakit jiwa
bangsaku dipecahkan oleh politik
saudara diserang bom-bom ganas
dunia sudah terlalu tua dan parah.

Di sinilah berakhirnya percintaan kita
kerana zaman sedang menuntut para seniman
hidup di luar dirinya.


Date / Place of birth : 13 June 1949, Alor Setar Kedah.
Permanent address : No.2, Jalan Pinggir, 8/1L, Seksyen 8, 40000 Shah Alam since 1974.
Academic Qualifications : B.A.Hons (Universiti Sains Malaysia), M.A. (Universiti Putra Malaysia). Doktor Falsafah, Akademi Pengajian Melayu, Universiti Malaya.
Awards :
Anugerah Penulisan Asia Tenggara (S.E.A. Write Award) 2004
Book Category Award
i- Pujangga Tidak Bernama, Hadiah Sastera Perdana(1994/1995)

ii- Memoir Zurinah Hassan Menjejak Puisi, Hadiah Buku Perpustakaan Negara 2002/2004)
iii- Memoir Zurinah Hassan Menjejak Puisi , Hadiah Sastera Perdana 2002/2003.

Are You Still Playing Your Flute? by Zurinah Hassan   (English Version)

Are you still playing your flute?
When there is hardly time for our love
I am feeling guilty
To be longing for your song
The melody concealed in the slim hollow of the bamboo
Uncovered by the breath of an artist
Composed by his fingers
Blown by the wind
To the depth of my heart.

Are you still playing your flute?
In the village so quiet and deserted
Amidst the sick rice fields
While here it has become a luxury
To spend time watching the rain
Gazing at the evening rays
Collecting dew drops
Or enjoying the fragrance of flowers.

Are you still playing your flute?
The more it disturbs my conscience
to be thinking of you
in the hazard of you
my younger brothers unemployed and desperate
my people disunited by politics
my friend slaughtered mercilessly
this world is too old and bleeding.

You can view the poet’s opinion regarding her own poem http://zurinahhassan.blogspot.com/2010/05/masihkah-kau-bermain-serulingare-you.html

This poem his about a persona who reminisces the time he/she spends when in a village. There are many things that are now luxury to her such as listening to the melody of the flute itself, gazing at the evening rays, collecting dew drops, or enjoying the fragrance of flowers. The village is now deserted as many have moved to the city. Now that she has moved on with her life, she wonders whether the flutist is still playing the flute. This is because, there are many challenges in the world today such as the world is dying, the unemployment issue and the people are disunited because of different political views.

Family commitments
Priorities in life
Neglect of one’s duties

We should be aware of our family commitments and carry them out properly.
Everyone has priorities in, life and we should know what is important and what is not.
Following a hobby is good but there is a time for work and a time for play.

The poem is the first point of view.
The person is addressing another person and describing a situation to him.

Rhetorical question
Descriptive and questioning
Simple style and no rhyme

Sombre and regretful
Serious atmosphere

Imagery – e.g. ‘blown by the wind’, ‘depth of my heart’
Alliteration – e.g. ‘fragrance of flowers’
Symbol – e.g. ‘flute’, ‘song’
Repetition – e.g. ‘Are you still playing your flute?’
Figurative Language – Metaphor e.g. ‘The melody concealed in the slime hollow of bamboo – Personification e.g. ‘sick rice field’

Friday, 11 October 2013

English In Camp: Post PMR 2013

On Friday, 11th October 2013 our Post-PMR programme started of with English In Camp by the English Panel. The activities were facilitated by the Form 3 English teachers Mdm Nursyazrina, Mdm Grace and me...:). Of course not forgotten our technician Hj Aliusin and another teacher, a young gentleman Mr. Elvis.

The activities were:
1. Action Song
i. The Chicken Dance
ii. You Are Beautiful
2. Singing Together
3. NIE: Searching The Paper

Activity 1: Action Song   


Activity 2: Singing Together

Activity 2: NIE (Searching The Paper)

Mdm Nursyazrina, Mr. Elvis and I with  the group that won the NIE activity: Searching The Paper

I will miss this moment and teaching life  if I get my SISC+. My students are my soul besides my family. The passion is still burning and keeps on burning because of these angelic being....:)

The Chicken Dance Song and Steps

Just Dance: One Direction-You are beautiful

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Upon receiving a fax for an interview in Kuching on Friday, I had mixed feeling whether to go for the interview or not to go at all. Family and friends encouraged me to go for it. What worries me was the responsibilities being SISC+. Will I neglect my family once i got the post? Will it affect my relationship with my family? Will I have time for my family during long school holiday? Everything seemed to be flying and spinning in my mind. What the heck, I told myself. Just gave myself the chance to go for the interview. I trust it in the hand of Allah to decide my future. Only Allah knows what is best for me. On 6th October I was sent by my hubby to the airport, Terminal Two. It was such a tiring journey on a big bike 650cc but it was fast. It only took two hours to reach KK. I boarded the airasia to Kuching at 3.30pm.

On 7th October 2013, I went for an interview for SISC+ at PKG Kuching, Astana Road. I was very nervous and I had butterflies in my stomach. I saw familiar faces and was hoping they would not be my interviewers but was disappointed to know that they were the panels. We had the group discussion for 45 minutes on anything shown in the video clip. After the group discussion, it was the writing test. About 20 topics were given n we have to choose only one. All the questions were mind blowing type of questions except one question that was near to my heart...hehehe. I did the topic within 15 minutes for 80-100 words only. Mind you, only for 15 minutes. After done with the test, the last session was the individual interview. I was the last. Seeing all the other interviewees done with their interview, I was left with the fluttering in my stomach. At last it was my turn. Each of us were given about 15 minutes for the interview but mine seemed to be more than 15 minutes. I have done my best during the interview and it is up to Allah to decide.