under my burqa, world is small as my hand,
but with my pen, hidden under the folds, i dream of the sky.
why can't i choose my love,
i am not made of stone nor dry straw dusting the ground.
kill me with your hands,
but my words will live, setting my henna-inked sisters free.
Written for Real Toads: Landai poems are mostly voices of Afghan women. They are two-line folk poems that can often be humorous, sexy, raging, tragic and also deal with love, grief, war, exile and Afghan independence. The success of the poetry form is attributed to it being easy to memorize, which is really important in a culture where women are poorly schooled and forbidden to write or read.
Also shared with: Flash Fiction Friday - 55 words for the G-man ~
An interesting Article: Why Afghan Women Risk Death to Write Poetry
Picture credit: Afghan Women's Writing Project