BJ’s Shadorma & Beyond – Landay

The landay originated in Afghanistan. It is a folk couplet that is oral in nature:

1. Twenty two syllables broken into two couplets
…(nine in the first, thirteen in the second);
2. Ends with a “ma” or “na” sound.
…This cannot be replicated in English;
3. May contain end rhyme;
4. Characterized by bawdiness, wit, and piercing truths
…despite the beauty of the language.

such a waste
innocents at war
they’re victims
imperfect
collective future is grim
casualties of war

liberty is paid with blood of men
and tainted with the cries of cherished ones left behind

https://mindlovemiserysmenagerie.wordpress.com/2015/03/14/bjs-shadorma-beyond-landay-march-14-2015/

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