Monday, April 20, 2015

Landays in a Time of War

Your unmanned drones make a living hell
of days and nights in my beautiful besieged country

Women tell each other secret poems
to make sense of the nightmare of oppression we live 

Not enough tents for those war displaces
The horizon is littered with the broken-hearted

photos by Seamus Murphy, from A Darkness Visible: Afghanistan

Landays: the secret poetry of Pashtun women, on the border of Afghanistan, by which they respond with sometimes ribald humor, sometimes love, grief and separation, to the harshness of their lives.

The first line of each couplet is 9 syllables, the second thirteen


Day 20


  1. So many things hard to understand...perhaps the results of things that happened long ago, or things that happened not so long ago. Of course women and children suffer most! xoxoxoxoxo

  2. Getting the word out so beautifully has to be supporting them. Thank you.

  3. The more who know, the more we can help with our thoughts and prayers, maybe, if nothing else.
    Beautifully written.

  4. I find these very difficult to do. You did them beautifully.

  5. Thanks Sherry. You are so good about disseminating information this way. You have a talent for writing poetry based on real suffering. I appreciate becomming more aware.

  6. The sadness of a country that has been ripped apart and torn is so sad.. the sadness in the last one when not even a tents are available.


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