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?