Landay – Day 4

How are we so different from them, 
our women treated as chattel by power drunken men.

There are women I don’t understand,
who deny themselves, follow in lockstep with a man.

Burning burst of water, blood, and flesh
birthing is a beautiful, exhilarating mess.


Landay – The Landay is the poetic form of Afghan women. The poem is 22 syllables long and contains 2 lines. 9 syllables in the first and 11 in the second. Subjects can include, but are not limited to, war, separation, homeland, grief, or love.

Pronunciation/Etymology. In Pashto, “landay (LAND-ee)” means “short, poisonous snake,” likely an allusion to its minimal length and use of sarcasm. Landays (or landai) often criticize traditions and gender roles.

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