Poem a Day 2015 #20 – Landay

Poem number 20 for April 2015. Last year I wrote about a form of Pashtun poetry called “landay” here.

Today’s prompt on the NaPoWriMo website was to write one or more landay. So here are a few, though they are more landay-ish than strict landay. Proper landay are written in Pashtun, with a nine syllable first line and a thirteen syllable second line, they usually rhyme and they deliver a powerful punch. These are pale imitations.

Landay

when making love to a young woman

ensure the light is directed on her not on you

 

barreling down the black top highway

a brilliant moon chases the shadow of his past

 

he turns the radio volume up

so that she will not hear the mad plunking of his heart

 

his wife is no longer his wife

his lover is no longer forbidden fruit

 

staring into the blackened night sky

he had an urge to declare a love he did not feel

 

Gina Rinehart you are so rich but

I would not sleep with you for all your gold and silver

 

 

Copyright Mike Hopkins 2015

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One thought on “Poem a Day 2015 #20 – Landay

  1. Well done Mike! I particularly like the second one: ‘barreling down the black top highway /
    a brilliant moon chases the shadow of his past’.

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