NaPoWriMo 2015 – Day 19

Today our Cedar Bark Poets have been challenged 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. You could try to write a single landay – a hard-hitting couplet that shares some secret (or unspoken) truth, or you could try to write a poem that strings multiple landays together like stanzas (maybe something akin to a syllabic ghazal?)

Submission #1

Carbon weft within deep space continuum
Compressing diamonds with each exhale
K

Submission #2

My hope draws slack, unemotional
as I read of your uncorked anger, devotional

reality so does interpose
on one a grief that no one at all should ever know

where poppies grow in fields faded red
next to empty village from all the lives fated fled

where poppies grow in fields faded red
next to empty village from all the lives faded dead

life takes on a jaded pallid fade
drawing water day by day scraping by for decades

But still find, inspiration flowers
where the spirit overcomes and high above towers

petals on the wind blow across fields
desolation reveal, wavering path of tears pealed

yet the future holds promise of seed
one day be freed, to blow across petalled fields indeed

yes the future holds promise of seed
one day be freed, to grow across petalled fields as weed

–W.B.

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