Beras Perang

A twitter-essay on Beras Perang, unpolished, unbleached, lightly milled local long grain rice.

 

Beras perang tampi di nyiru,
Tumpah melukut merata-rata.
Haiwan yang garang lagi diburu,
Siapa takut semut melata?*

winnowing basket british museum

Brown rice tossed in a winnowing basket
Broken grains spill here and there
The fiercest of beasts yet are hunted
Of a lowly ant no-one cares

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*Original Malay pantun @ Nilam Sari: Pantun Melayu by Asima Abdul Latiff.
English translation mine.
Winnowing Basket from the British Museum