In The Midst of Hardship by Latiff Mohidin

In the Midst of Hardship by Latiff Mohidin

At dawn they returned home

their soaky clothes torn

and approached the stove

their limbs marked by scratches

their legs full of wounds

but on their brows

there was not a sign of despair

The whole day and night just passed

they had to brave the horrendous flood

in the water all the time

between bloated carcasses

and tiny chips of tree barks

desperately looking for their son’s

albino buffalo that was never found

They were born amidst hardship

and grew up without a sigh or a complaint

now they are in the kitchen, making

jokes while rolling their ciggarete leaves


This poem is about a family who faces  hardship whereby their son’s albino buffalo is nowhere to be found. A flood occurs and they go out to find the buffalo. They reach home early in the morning without the buffalo and yet there is no  sign of despair in them. Meanwhile, they can still crack jokes and roll the cigarettes.



They returned home at day break and headed for the stove. This is probably because they were hungry. However, I have also received some feedbacks saying that they went straight to the stove to dry themselves as they were drenched with the flood water. Their clothes were soaking wet and tattered. Their bodies were covered with scratches and wounds. Yet, they did not display any signs of being worried.


They were out in the flood the whole day and night. They were surrounded by dead animals and parts of trees that had been destroyed by the flood. We know that the animals were already dead because of the phrase ‘bloated carcasses’. They searched desperately for their son’s albino buffalo but were unable to find it.


They were born into poverty and difficulty, but they do not complain about their suffer. Instead, they sit in the kitchen, cracking jokes while smoking cigarettes. This shows that they face difficulties all the time and this time there is no different. They have inner strength that makes them strong to face any hardship poses to them.


The setting of the poem is in the house.


  • Being resilience when facing hardship
  • Family love
  • Acceptance of way of life


  1. We should learn to accept problems in life with a positive outlook.
  2. We must attempt to face and solve problem.
  3. Facing hardship is part and parcel of life.
  4. If we face a problem, do not feel despair.


  • Understanding and sympathetic
  • Acceptance of situation


  • Third person pint of view.


  • Language is simple and easy to understand.
  • The style is simple with no rhyming scheme.


  • Imagery – Gives picture of poet’s thoughts e.g ‘soaky clothes torn’ and ‘legs full of wounds’
  • Alliteration – e.g. ‘but on their brows’
  • Symbols – e.g. ‘horrendous flood’ and ‘bloating carcasses’
  • Diction – e.g. ‘stove’ and ‘brows



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    • zahuren Said:

      They were searching for their son’s albino buffalo. This poem wants to convey the hardship that they endured and even though they saw many dead animals floating because of the flood, they were still searching for the buffalo. It is important to know that they did not complain and did not lose hope as they were used to difficult life. i hope that answers ur question.

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      • memey... Said:

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  4. faridah Said:

    i would like to know in the second stanza u mentioned that they were looking for their son’s albino buffalo but in the synopsis u said looking desperately for their albino buffalo.

    so, are they considering the buffalo as their son or as their son’s buffalo?

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    • zahuren Said:

      There’s a book called ‘Sajak-sajak Lengkap Latif Mohidin’. It will cost you RM 180. You can buy it at Galeri Petronas, Aras 3, KLCC. Hope the book is still there!

    • aisyah Said:

      Dalam Bencana
      Mereka pulang ke rumah
      Waktu subuh hari
      Dengan pakaian robek basah
      Menghampiri tungku api
      Lengan mereka penuh calar
      Kaki mereka penuh luka
      Tapi di kening mereka
      Tidak kelihatan rasa kecewa
      Sehari semalaman
      Mereka mengharungi banjir
      Berendam antara bangkai ternakan
      Dan serpihan kulit tumbuhan
      Kerbau balar si buyung
      Masih belum ditemui
      Mereka dilahirkan dlm bencana
      Tidak ada keluhan dan kutukan
      Kini mereka berjenaka di dapur
      Sambil menggulung rokok daun

  7. 2010 Said:

    i also agree what faridah said..i also dont understand that they looking desperately for their son or their son’s buffalo?

    • zahiah Said:

      they are looking for their son’s albino buffalo. they are looking for an albino buffalo belongs to the son. the son has an albino buffalo and now is missing. so they are looking/searching for it.

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  11. Lily Said:

    Dalam Bencana

    Mereka pulang ke rumah
    waktu subuh hari
    dengan pakaian robek basah
    menghampiri api tungku
    lengan mereka penuh calar
    kaki mereka penuh luka
    tapi di kening mereka
    tidak kelihatan rasa kecewa

    Sehari semalaman
    mereka mengharungi banjir
    berendam antara bangkai ternakan
    dan serpihan kulit tumbuhan
    kerbau balar si buyung
    masih belum ditemui.

    Mereka dilahirkan dalam bencana
    tidak ada keluhan dan kutukan
    kini mereka berjenaka di dapur
    sambil menggulung rokok daun.


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      • ogy Said:

        because only buffalo that family have..

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  35. Daniel Lim Said:

    In the midst of hardship in Malay:


    Pada waktu senja mereka pulang ke rumah,
    baju basah mereka telah koyak,
    mereka berjalan ke arah dapur,
    tangan mereka penuh dengan calar,
    kaki mereka penuh dengan luka,
    tetapi pada muka mereka,
    langsung tidak ada perasaan kecewa.

    Satu hari dan satu malam baru berlepas,
    mereka perlu menghadapi banjir besar ini dengan berani,
    sepanjang masa berada dalam air,
    berada di antara barangan yang terapung di permukaan air,
    serta bahan-bahan pecahan yang kecil,
    asyik mencari kerbau kepunyaan anak mereka,
    yang akhirnya tidak dapat dijumpa juga.

    Mereka dilahirkan dalam kesusahan,
    dan membesar tanpa mengadu atau mengeluh,
    sekarang mereka berada di dapur,
    sambil bergurau sambil menggulungkan daun tembakau.

    • zahuren Said:

      Thanks Daniel for the Malay version of the poem..It helps other visitors of this blog too.

      • Honey Haniff Said:

        yep… i’ve been searching for the malay version high n low..thanks… and thanks to uyean too..:))

    • ila Said:

      I think the original version is Dalam Bencana and it slightly different from this one..but it still brings the same meaning and interpretation… =)

  36. nini faline Said:

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    The Curse by Lee Su Ann..

    • zahuren Said:

      salam…i’m working on it. Now I’m using step by wicked step for the form 5 students. Will inform you later.

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  42. Donna Said:

    Why was it important for them to go search for the albino buffalo?

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    • Nur Atiqah Said:

      Alsalam,teacher…..sya nak tnye apa yg dmksudkn dgn ‘approached the stove’?Lg stu,knape kluarga tu trus-trusan cri’buffalo’ tu?Sye hrap teacher bg jwpn dlm B.Inggeris=)

      • zahuren Said:

        Approached the stove means that the family go near the stove..As you know, the stove must be inside the why do people go to the kitchen? Why do you go to the kitchen?
        Why do they keep on looking for the albino buffalo? It’s because it is the only property that they have. Shouldn’t we look for our missing property? 🙂
        I hope I have answered your question… Happy 2014!!

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  54. Hazlinah Said:

    Hope you can explain more, why is the ‘albino buffalo’ significant, because we all know that we don’t have such animal in our country. Thank you.

    • zahuren Said:

      I think it tells the readers that even though the albino buffalo is very rare to be found, they still can crack jokes and are not worried with the plight that they are facing.

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  56. zero Said:

    …..a….sry but i founded that :the stanza 3 have someting might be wrong….in the plot,it is say that:’jokes while rolling their ciggarete leaves’
    but when write in the SYNOPSIS (ACCORDING TO STANZA), writed :’cracking jokes while smoking cigarettes.’
    well i thing it should be :’cracking jokes while rolling cigarettes leves’
    a…..if what i say on above is not correct, i apologize to teacher who translate it at here….

    • zahuren Said:

      It’s ok Zero..They are rolling the cigarette leaves because they are making a cigarette using leaves. This is not the cigarette that you see nowadays. It’s a simple one with tobacco inside the leaves.

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  63. ainhanani Said:

    as salam 🙂
    can i ask some question? whom did the buffalo belong?
    2where they able to find the buffalo?
    i hope you can answer my question..tqvm

    • zahuren Said:

      1. The son’s albino buffalo.
      2. They did not manage to find the buffalo.

  64. shi ting Said:

    r u have the author biography??

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  66. arial Said:

    what would be the conclusion of this poem? if i may ask and what season is it when this poem is being potrayed?

    • zahuren Said:

      Well, we can say that in life, there are many problems. How we take and handle the problems is what that matters. We should accept problems in life in a positive way. Based on the flood and the rain mentioned, it could be the monsoon season.

      • arial Said:

        thank you so much!!!

      • arial Said:

        sorry disturb again but how do we know what the villagers are poor all their lives?

      • zahuren Said:

        It’s ok Arial. ‘They were born amidst hardship’ in the last stanza suggests that they are poor.

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  70. nana Said:

    hye..what can you conclude about their outlook on life in stanza 1..??

    • zahuren Said:

      They were very positive.

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  72. Anis Nabilah Said:

    what does the phrases ‘soaky clothes’ imply?

    • zahuren Said:

      They were soaked to the skin as they stood in the kitchen. There must have been pools of water.

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  75. estaban Said:

    in your opinion does the ‘ albino buffalo’ has any significant in relation to the malay belief that anything white is sacred and by losing it calamity might befall them

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  86. myra Said:

    Hi zahuren/TEACHER. I read your background and found many things in common. I am/was an Eng teacher, graduated from UM zillions of years ago. Was born in Miri, taught in Saratok, Sarawak and later transferred to JB when I got married. Resigned from gov service and later taught at a private tuition centre. Our Seremban connection? My daughter was at IMU Seremban for 2 years. So you see our paths have crossed but we were destined not to meet. LOL.
    I’m posting this cos I need to ask your opinion. My son’s Eng teacher in Form 4 says that in this poem, the men here actually refer to the entire village; the villagers are so closely-knit it is as though they are all family. But I read reference books and my own personal interpretation is that the poem is focussing on ONE family in particular. I was wondering why the teacher said that? Is this point mentioned in the notes/CDs supplied by Kementerian? Not one reference book mentions that the family here is the entire village. I was surprised when my son told me about it, cos it puts a whole new interpretation on the poem. In SPM, do you think both interpretations would be accepted? I think so, cos Literature is so subjective. I’d be grateful if you tell me your personal views on this. Thanks.

    • zahuren Said:

      Hi Myra. Haha..never thought that we have that much in common. As far as I’m, concerned, I believe that ‘they’ in the poem refers to the parents of the son who lost the albino buffalo. However, in the larger context, it may represent those who are involved in the same plight. In SPM, as literature is subjective I believe whatever interpretation it might be, it must always be justified. This is my personal view.

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  111. ila Said:

    hi Mr Zahuren,
    I would like to ask you one question that keep bothering me…
    In the first stanza, “and the approached the stove” or in Malay version “menghampiri api tungku”
    what does it mean?
    is it they approached the stove because they were hungry or because they were soaking wet and need to dried up as the kitchen then used the traditional stove (dapur arang)?
    thank you in advance

    • zahuren Said:

      Most probably they are hungry as they have left the house for almost one day. Most probably they have not eaten for the whole night. Plus, it is in the morning and they might want to have breakfast. There is also possibility that they want to dry themselves but I think the first reason is more concrete.

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    • ray Said:

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      • zahuren Said:

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  116. aikal Said:


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  118. student Said:

    why they were in the water all the time ?
    please answer this

    • zahuren Said:

      Because they are searching for the albino buffalo during the flood. Of course they are in the water all the time.

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  120. Rovits Said:

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  131. WTLoo Said:

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    • Shahirah Said:

      thanks for the poems..i appreciate are the good teacher.

  132. night katu Said:


  133. master hack Said:


  134. tinie Said:

    why do they approached the stove ???
    my teacher ask it and i don’t know..can you help me please ^^,

    • zahuren Said:

      Most probably they were hungry because they looked for the albino for the whole day and night.

      • Azreal Said:

        actually, they want to warm themselves..hehe.. i just suggest it..but, that is what my teacher told me.

      • Aaron Said:

        My teacher told me that the reason they webt to the stove, was because they wanted to keep warm and dry their wet clothes after finding for their sons albino buffalo all night. Is this acceptable too?

  135. Najdah Said:

    Thanks for this !
    My teacher ask me to do the sypnosis but i don’t know how ~
    U make my work easier ~
    Thanks once again ~
    From SMK Bukit Gambir ,Johor

  136. FIFI Said:

    Thank youu 🙂 i will refer your blog again after this 😀

  137. AlinaHaris Said:

    wow this helps a lot. thanks. God bless x

  138. Fjying Said:

    now, i really understand the poem….thanks! i love this blog!

  139. Wan Star Said:

    who can help me answer the question..?

  140. MoMoRoZu Said:

    Thank you so much sir!

  141. Faradila Said:

    I really hope this explanation can help me in my presentation . thankyou very much

  142. fareeha Said:

    the story very sad :-(..but i like it,,because it’s abaout life

  143. nurul Said:

    thank you..

  144. Satsuki Said:

    can i ask something.. which one of the lines that reveals this incident took place in village?? i can’t see the connections.. sorry.. and another one is the last two lines in stanza 3, what kind of attitude is that lines imply?? i can’t understand.. sorry..

  145. thanks for the least i can understand the poem/story !!..wonderfull meaning! thank you!

  146. wana Said:

    i have a qstn for you.What does bloated carcasses symbolize??

    tqvm n sry for the disturbance..,,by the way,,fantastic notes!!~~

  147. Sally Mohd Khalid Said:

    What does stanza 3 say about the family’s background?

  148. Sally Mohd Khalid Said:

    How do we know the personas have been poor all their lives?

  149. Sally Mohd Khalid Said:

    What did the personas do when they returned home? why do you think they did that?

  150. aziera Said:

    1)how do we know that the animals had been dead for a while
    2)what does stanza 3 say about the family’s background?

  151. aziera Said:

    1)what does stanza 3 say about the family’s background?
    2)how do you know that the animals had been dead for a while?

  152. JohnLim Said:

    thank you ! because of ur help i am able to finish my homework that my english teacher gave

  153. mieya Said:

    amazin note from you sir….
    i will use this note as a revision

  154. aisyah Said:

    thnkz you..i can finish my homework..:)

  155. Huda Solehah Said:

    thank for this..
    for my homework…

  156. misz Said:

    tanxx a lot …

  157. suhalyn Said:

    thx..i got many info from here..awesome…….

  158. Amirah Said:

    can i ask some question ? 🙂
    1 .what were the couple looking for in the flood ?
    2. meaning they had to brave the horrendous flood

    • cute cat Said:

      just read the poems… >_<

  159. nn Said:

    what is the irony of this poem?

  160. senorita Said:

    10x a lot 4 the notes…..

  161. thank you for helping
    from smk malim,melaka

  162. nifna Said:

    very gooooooooooooooooood poem!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  163. Niza Mahamod Said:


  164. mimie Said:

    thanks. 🙂

  165. aina Said:

    the best…

  166. kelvin Said:

    thanks alot weih ! 🙂 because of you i manage to get the meaning of the whole poem . My teacher did not gave me back my exercise book ! and the worst part is im having exam tomorrow -.- TROLOL !

  167. azza@wiaz Said:

    thank!i will reading this for an axem

  168. Frazie Anna Said:

    Thanks a lot for the poem!! i didn’t have the book so i don’t know how the poem is!!
    this helped me a lot!! ^_^

  169. ikmal Said:

    tanxx a lot …. 😀

  170. cicol Said:

    thanks dude

  171. Aznan Said:

    Tq… : )

  172. Yasmin Said:

    Thank you very much! Very helpful blog. ^_^

  173. cute cat Said:

    nice poems…. l like it!!!

  174. Hamsalekha Said:

    Thanks a lot

  175. jacque147 Said:

    can I ask one Q? why was important for them to go in search of the albino Buffalo? if the answer is to help them plough the paddy.. is this answer accepted? thx

    • 林伟轩 Said:

      yaya…”what do you think is the significance of the albino buffalo?”…i just can’t find this answer…><

  176. vivianinsane Said:

    thank you 😀 awesome website ❤

  177. Kumar Raj Said:

    thxxxxxxxxx!!!!!!!>… -raj-

  178. RazinRosdin Said:

    Im hoping for this useful informtion :))) thankyou so much 😀

  179. lya Said:

    i hope i can answer my mid exam with greatly after this 🙂

  180. Dessy Said:

    Hey, thanks for the notes! I really appreciate it! Just one thing though, correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t it ” Being RESILIENT when facing hardship” instead of ” Being resilience when facing hardship ” ? Other than that, great notes! It really helped me!

  181. khairuddin 4 suria Said:

    it make me more easier to finish my power point that need to present 4 my individual oral

  182. LOVE YA

  183. krishnaperumal Said:

    thanks a lot…im juz having a blast after read it…:)

  184. arerifx Said:

    thanx for the notes..May Allah bless you

  185. krishnaveni Said:

    Now i can feel the pain of the family in the poem….the explanation also markabally outstanding….thannksssss a lot and a lot..hv a nice day ahead….:)

  186. Eiya Said:

    Teacher, what the evidence to show that they are staying in a village? I dont know how to get the answer from this poem. Help me please 😦

    • zahuren Said:

      Can you keep a buffalo in a city? Usually, buffalo can be seen in a village 🙂

  187. aminamat Said:

    i feel very enjoy read this story after my teacher tell all information about this book.tomorrow i hve a test,i really hope this poem will be out in my exambecause i thnk tihs
    poem is very easy to i memorise all information in this poem 🙂

  188. nirmal Said:

    thx 🙂

  189. i love this so lovely..

  190. adeeb Said:

    thank you so much. it’s a very nice poem, though. love it

    • zahuren Said:

      You are most welcome

  191. CAHAYA ILLAHI Said:


  192. CAHAYA ILLAHI Said:


    • zahuren Said:

      You can do it! Always be brave as long as it is a right thing to do 🙂

  193. JUNISA JUMADI Said:

    Wow…!!!..interesting poem..I LIKE IT..!!..

  194. Coboy Stylee Said:


    • zahuren Said:

      You are welcome 🙂

  195. muhammad azamudden Said:

    thx. this is very helpul 4 me

  196. goodluck Said:

    What I would get in SPM ??…English really hard for me, I don’t know how to write an essay by using present and past tenses. so confuse with it

    • zahuren Said:

      Give it a try..Language is something that you need to practice. Don’t give up easily. You can do it 🙂

  197. Arif Zainol Said:

    wah thanks…… at least wont be scold in school tomorow 😀

  198. ain Said:

    Now i understand ,what the meaning from this poem.Before this i can’t understand what my teacher was teaching about this.
    MY QUESTION= what does the mean the word”bloaked” in stanza 2 mean?

    • ain Said:


      • 林伟轩 Said:

        when animal dead their stomach swollen or in malay they say kembung…^^
        hope it help u out… 🙂

  199. good notes…

  200. jesspreet Said:

    i wan to ask sum Q? 1)based on stanza 2,list 2 things that were destroyed in the flood?????? 2)what important,message is the poet trying to convey to his reader through this poem?????

    • 林伟轩 Said:

      see the conversation on top….the answer is already there…^^

  201. jesspreet Said:

    sir i wan the ans soon

  202. ▲ⓑⓞⓞⓑⓞⓞ▲ Said:

    Thanks to the means of ‘The midst of hardship . It’s so nice for me .. Will be coming here again ..

  203. Qasaira Aina Said:

    it realy help us

  204. Fitri Said:

    hei2!~,,thank you very much ya!i’ve complete my task!

  205. izwannie Said:

    this is useful for my final examination…
    thank you!!

  206. Quad-P Said:

    Be proud! coz it will be use as reference in my school in UKM! 🙂

  207. lol Said:

    my brother like this

  208. miss syuklieyz Said:

    thankz….its useful

  209. Mohd. Shahril Said:

    Oh… Camtu rupanya…

  210. are'ya nasrin Said:

    Can I have the background of poet?? Thank you..

    • zahuren Said:

      The background of the poet is already inside the literature text book 🙂

  211. 22 Said:

    1)why do you like the poem??give yr reasons

  212. thank you so much!

  213. nurfaznisya Said:

    terima kasih sangat2 ^_^

    • zahuren Said:

      You are welcome 🙂

  214. i feel very enjoy read this story after my teacher tell all information about this book.tomorrow i hve a test,i really hope this poem will be out in my exambecause i thnk tihs
    poem is very easy to i memorise all information in this poem .

    • zahuren Said:

      Well, I am glad you are interested and enjoyed reading this story. Hopefully your marks are good in the test that you took 🙂

  215. mila Said:

    thanks !

    • zahuren Said:

      You are welcome 🙂

  216. syah Said:

    It is very helpful! Now i can do my hw.♡♡♡♡♡♡♡

  217. nana Said:

    what is the acceptance of farmers to hardship?

    • zahuren Said:

      The personas in the poet accept hardship with indifference as they are used to one.

  218. ochiechie.oc Said:

    Disini saya ada soalan. . .how do know that the family in the poem is farmer?.and how do we know that they are poor?

    • zahuren Said:

      We know the family is poor because they treasure the buffalo that much until they are willing to search for the missing buffalo through the day and night. Furthermore, if they were rich, why would they search for the buffalo for themselves? And why they keep a buffalo? They might want to keep other exotic animals as pets ;P

  219. fauzan Said:

    very helpful to me

  220. Muhd Zainul Arifin Said:

    thank you

  221. Hamza Said:


    It’s very helpful 🙂

  222. cumigail Said:

    sorry can i get the answer of what does the phrase “albino buffalo” tell you about the setting of this poem .
    what setting .there r many setting right?

  223. susan shee Said:

    Hi Cikgu Zahuren, in your opinion, do you think the albino buffalo is a sacred animal to some? I hv heard of this from a colleague but couldn’t find further info from internet. And, what if students give answer : “They searched for the albino buffalo because it’s expensive and sacred to the village.” What do you think? 🙂
    By the way, love your blog !

  224. Thanx a lot, wish me luck for the SPM 2014- Muhammad Luqman Hakim b. Asmadi (5 Epsilon )

  225. Ahmad Fadzli Said:

    Thank you … 😀

  226. SeanChan Said:

    Thank you blog owner!!^^

  227. Said:

    besides floods, what other hardship that the villagers faces? and what is the reason?

  228. luq Said:

    thank you so much!!

  229. rebecca Said:

    Big thanks because notes are in detail.

  230. Azreen Razali Said:

    what does the word ‘desperately’ in second stanza suggest?

    • zahuren Said:

      I would say desperately would be using all your might regardless day and night 🙂

  231. La Femme Cynique Said:

    I really wish you’d work on your grammar. Also, note that the main point is not the fact that the buffalo went missing, I’m not sure why you keep focusing on that in your overall synopsis. Otherwise, not a bad effort.

    • zahuren Said:

      Please highlight the grammatical error as I might not realise it. Well, it suits you well if you think that the buffalo went missing as it is up to individuals what they want to focus on 🙂

  232. Tanoshamalar Said:


    • zahuren Said:

      The carcasses have been dead for some times so they are bloated.

  233. Amaya Said:

    Excuse me sir. I have a q 4 ya. My eng teacher gave me d SPM 2011 q and for q c it asked, if u were 1 of d villagers, what would you do to help. I’m confused with this q, whether it is asking me what can I do 2 help the couple in the poem, or helping to subdue the flood or help all of the villagers.

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