Afghanistan

I’ll kiss you in the pomegranate garden. Hush!

People will think a goat’s stuck in the underbrush.

– Anonymous

 

The Kabul-based women’s literary society  Mirman Baheer has a hotline which women and girls from the provinces call to share their poems. These frequently take the form of landais – couplets written in Pashto, often dealing with taboo topics such as love, sex, and war. Singing and poetry can be associated with licentiousness, and many female poets compose in secret, using a pseudonym to call Mirman Baheer. Their poems express frustration, heartbreak, wit, and irreverence. I liked the cheeky tone of the above landai, which nonetheless conveys the furtiveness with which the young lovers must express their affection.

 

In ‘Around the World in 230 poems’, I will share a poem from every country in the world.

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I'm a teacher based in Melbourne, Australia. I blog about reading, writing, teaching, learning, and exploring.
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2 Responses to Afghanistan

  1. The story behind the poem is fascinating! Writing poetry is definitely something that I feel I have completely taken for granted after reading that..

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