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Landays

Pashtun Woman

Pashtun Woman

A poetic form from the Pashtun women of Afghanistan and Pakistan based around an oral tradition of singing their injustices and their love.
 
The form is of two sentences, nine syllables in the first and thirteen in the second, sometimes they rhyme and they try to end in a ma or na sound.
 
Reading the article at http://www.poetryfoundation.org/media/landays.html about their culture made me feel shame that I was going to use such a strong part of their culture as a writing exercise and initially thought that I wasn’t going to write one but here is mine

Bearded or not, the men take and hold
Steal the hearts, souls and bodies, give hate in return