Three poems to honor the poetry and women of Afghanistan:
Between mountain peaks, your friend, llama
Pass amongst ghost hands, fading memories of grandma
Land of peace, this vacant arena
Hands cross oceans for harvest, thaw frozen retinas
Eyes swell, weep beyond frozen drama
changes struggle to emerge in the caustic coma
The poetic form ‘landay’ is written and sung by women of Afghanistan. The form has 22 syllables: 9 in the first line and 13 in the second and typically can rhyme, commonly ending in the sounds na and ma. I wanted to share three today in a homage to these women, reading Sisters on the Bridge of Fire will bring everyone closer to the rich and warm culture of the country. Read more about landays.