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Remedios Varo. Phenomenon, n.d. WikiArt.

Oh, forty-seven, you are cowards!
May your shadows swallow you – then spit you out again!

Linked to MindLoveMisery’s Menagerie, where the form for the week at BJ’s Shadorma and Beyond is the Landay – an Afghan folk couplet – usually oral, often bawdy and/or piercing – dealing with themes such as love, war, grief, separation, and homeland.  The first stanza is 9 syllables; the second is 13 syllables. 

A HUGE thank you goes to Dom at Black and Write for introducing me to this form!

Petition to Prosecute the 47

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15 thoughts on “Forty Seven (Landay)

  1. This is why I wasn’t sure about ‘Paloma in Haiku’ as a banner for BIOLI – another new form!

    ‘May your shadows swallow you – then spit you out again!’ actually sounds as if it could be a traditional Afghan curse 🙂

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    • It does, doesn’t it? The story of those 47 legislators … ugh … if anyone were deserving of such a curse …!!!
      Glad to have switched back to BIOLI … it works best, don’t you think? (I listen.) 😉

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    • And that is a great comment – I would love to see you have another go at it!

      Thanks for the encouragement –
      And for introducing the landay!

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