His shadow lingers in the half-light
among the lacklustre souls of previous lovers.
His shimmering fingertips and lips
penetrate the penumbra, candle flames of passion.
One look from his eyes transforms the night
into a brand-new constellation of glowing stars.
Kim M. Russell, 9th December 2019
Sanaa welcomes us to her last prompt in the Garden and says that she is not one for goodbyes, while introducing us to a new form called the ‘Landay’: a traditional Afghan form which consists of a single couplet with nine syllables in the first line and thirteen syllables in the second. She tells us that these short poems typically address themes of love, grief, homeland, war and separation. Like couplets of a Ghazal, a Landay can stand on its own, or it can be part of a longer poem made up of Landai. She has given us examples of Landai by Afghan women.
Our challenge is to write a Landay (or a series of Landai) on a subject matter of our liking.