you were once the boy with jet black hair, a Landay

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You were once the boy with jet black hair–

my father drove me to school, you waited by the gate.

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Patient hope for another not me,

you did not see me, your brown eyes long for one only.

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I saw you every day for a week;

that same stance, those eyes, so focused anticipating.

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Today I hold your hands as I have for fifty years,

kiss you, fierce sweet love, our last farewell.

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I know you will be waiting for me,

you will see me, Love, your brown eyes long for me only.

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© Lemuel

23 April, 2018

NaPoWriMo 2018

#NaPoWriMo2018

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Notes

Landay

  • An ancient Pashto poetic form from Afghanistan created mainly by women but anonymously.
  • Composed of self-contained couplets.
  • Couplets contain twenty-two syllables; 9 in the first line, 13 in the second line. I switched one couple around, okay.
  • Themes are love, war, separation, despair or grief, and homeland.
  • No rhyme pattern in English.
  • Often sung in the original language.

 

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