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Same Story, Different Times

Day 19 of NaPoWriMo.  Today’s form is to write a landay.  Landays are “22-syllable couplets, generally rhyming. The form comes from Afghanistan, where women often use it in verses that range from the sly and humorous to the deeply sardonic and melancholy.”  The first line is 9 and second line is 13 syllable. The couplets usually rhyme.  There is a long form piece written by Eliza Griswold in Poetry magazine that is a fascinating look at the history of landays.  Landays are usually orally shared and rarely written down.  They are way for Afghani women to express themselves and provide voice to their condition.

I pieced together a 6 landays into a poem as the prompt suggest into something resembling a syllabic ghazal.

Serenading with the help of band,
accept my hand, together we stand on shifting sand.

No need for cloak and dagger routine
We stand in chaos as an oasis of serene.

Definition of heaven and hell:
Joy of brief rendezvous with you, tonight, in a cell.

Bidding you goodbye with tears to spare
I'm saving some for later if my eyes are laid bare.

Please allow me a glimpse of your sight,
sparkles of immortality in death might ignite.

From caravan I’ll be bereft, 
Feel me in every drop of rain, in every petal’s theft.

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