Written for:  Imaginary Gardens With Real Toads – Write a Landay (or a series of Landai) – (posted by Sanaa)

“Landay” is  a traditional Afghan form which consists of a single couplet.

There are nine syllables in the first line and thirteen syllables in the second. These short poems typically address themes of love, grief, homeland, war, and separation.

A great friend’s photo rests on my desk.
I have pictures, I have memories; I don’t have her.

By the time we see the illnesses
caused by war, attack, exposure, it is far too late.

Would you rather have dead school children
or no guns in hands of disturbed or vengeful people?

About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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16 Responses to Landai

  1. Sherry Marr says:

    Excellent question, Sara. I love your landai.


  2. jaerose37 says:

    Such a dilemma and a wonderful poem


  3. oldegg says:

    Sadly war takes away choices and the chance of you being saddened is increased many times.


  4. sanaarizvi says:

    Your Landai are hard-hitting, evocative and speak so much of the harsh reality around us! Thank you so much for writing to my final prompt! ❤️


  5. Ron. says:

    And THAT is how it’s done!


  6. Helen L Dehner says:

    Deserves a huge brava from me!


  7. The freedom to carry seems to be worth any price.


  8. Susie Clevenger says:

    The right to carry for some demands more noise than the agony of seeing children die from a bullet.


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