Love in the Half-Light

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

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My response to Imaginary Garden with Real Toads: May the fire in our hearts keep burning as though there is no end

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.

27 thoughts on “Love in the Half-Light

  1. My goodness this is utterly beautiful, Kim! ❤️ I really love the smooth flow of your Landay poem and the way each couplet embraces the next .. as though lovers in union! Especially this: “His shimmering fingertips and lips penetrate the penumbra, candle flames of passion,” took my breath away! Thank you so much for writing to my final prompt! 😘😘

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  2. “One look from his eyes transforms the night
    into a brand-new constellation of glowing stars.”

    *swoon!*

    Lovely, sensual, and intimate. These are all brilliant.

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