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A Rondel for Laksa

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For those who are not familiar, Laksa is a dish of spicy noodles that hails from Malaysia and Singapore. Made of white noodles, thick, spicy coconut gravy, prawns, and cockles, it delights the palate and is a deeply entrenched part of South East Asian culture.

Here is a short, but simple Rondel to this dish. A Rondel consists of 13 lines and has an ABBA, ABAB, ABBA(A) rhyme scheme. Do enjoy it and try one yourself.

A Rondel for Laksa

Her strands of smooth white hair

Wrap around and tease

The senses they intrigue and please

How they fill, delight and dare

He red velvet, spicy cloak

Men's fires it will ignite

Their senses of taste, touch and sight

With stealth enshrouds, quietly stoke

Her red hair and cloak

Put together, satisfy

With shelled red earrings, do invoke

Hungry longing, and mystify

Prompts the need for a second try.

(C) Poem by Michelle Liew Tsui-Lin (Post author)

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