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Hello everyone! This is Jen again, greeting you from BJ’s Shadorma & Beyond. Bastet and I hope you enjoyed writing in ABAB with Robert Frost.
For this week you have the choice of writing a shadorma (a non-rhyming six-line poem in 3/5/3/3/7/5), or a landay.
The landay originated in Afghanistan. It is a folk couplet that is oral in nature:
1. Twenty two syllables broken into two couplets
…(nine in the first, thirteen in the second);
2. Ends with a “ma” or “na” sound.
…This cannot be replicated in English;
3. May contain end rhyme;
4. Characterized by bawdiness, wit, and piercing truths
…despite the beauty of the language.
I call. You’re stone.
One day you’ll look and find I’m gone.
You sold me to an old man, father.
May God destroy your home, I was your daughter.
Landays often feature themes of war, separation, homeland, grief, and love. [That is why I chose the painting by Joseph Wright.]
The Poetry Foundation describes landays as follows:
“… the couplets express a collective fury, a lament, an earthy joke, a love of home, a longing for the end of separation, a call to arms, all of which frustrate any facile image of a Pashtun woman as nothing but a mute ghost beneath a blue burqa.”
I’ll make a tattoo from my lover’s blood
and shame every rose in the green garden.
Your eyes aren’t eyes. They’re bees.
I can find no cure for their sting.
I would encourage you to visit the Landay page at Poetry Foundation. However – keep in mind that the subject matter may be politically sensitive and may be of a sensual nature. Also, some of the images can be disturbing. Still – it is well worth reading.
Feel free to write a shadorma, a landay, or a series of nested landays. When you have written your poem(s), please TAG them BJ’s Shadorma & Beyond and MindLoveMisery’s Menagerie. Then add your link to the Mister Linky widget below.