I’ll kiss you in the pomegranate garden. Hush!
People will think a goat’s stuck in the underbrush.
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.