Poem 20150419

Today’s prompt from NaPoWriMo

And for today’s prompt (optional, as always!), I’d like to challenge you 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. Check out this long investigative article on landays for a fascinating look into a form of poetry often composed in secret, and rarely written down. 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?)

As always, a big thank you to NaPoWriMo for giving me something to try that I’ve never done before. It’s like ordering food in a foreign country without a menu, sometimes.

Speaking of syllables, I completely forgot the Friday Haiku.

And I deeply apologize for the poem below.

No, I don’t


you think you know what’s in my pocket
better take a step back, sweets; it might be a rocket.