Landay: Why, Why, Why, Where?

I love the idea of beach and sand
Not that it’s found everywhere, including no man’s land

Isn’t there enough suffering?

Though the process I truly detest
I watch the sadistic ritual with great interest

As you know it’s clearly not for all
Yet, convention dictates bodily hair removal

Swatches of green rustle overhead
Conveying the messages of the recently dead

Upon waking we ask ‘where am I?’
you left one world for another, but which is the lie?

Landay: A variable length form based on a couplet.
Landays reveal the harsh truths of love, grief, homeland, war, and separation often through wry wit.
The form most likely originated with nomads through Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India.

The basic rules of the landay:
Self-contained couplets (a single couplets is enough)
9 syllables in the first line
13 syllables in the second line

Fun Fact:

7,718 times: The average amount of times a woman will shave in her lifetime.

Weekly Theme:
Random Poetry Forms

28 thoughts on “Landay: Why, Why, Why, Where?

    1. If you’ve done it that many times already I think you’re doing it wrong ๐Ÿค” or, maybe there’s a woman out there who will never shave and you are helping keep the number up.


      1. I am a woman. Maybe I’m in the wrong profession? And it’s costing me a fortune in blades. I get paid well for my services but all my profits are going into blades…….

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    1. Thank you, I do try. The week I’m currently working on doesn’t have the diversity I usual manage. Hoping I don’t bore people by the end of the week ๐Ÿ˜‚

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  1. Oh these are amusingly cleverโ€ฆ.my fave

    Swatches of green rustle overhead
    Conveying the messages of the recently dead
    ๐Ÿคจ I wonder if they calculated in winter months and single woman (ie no male partner) ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ’™

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  2. And I thought the Landay was the purview of oppressed women – I guess mice can do them too!! (and pretty darned well!) Some women shave daily – and some like me only when it is necessary…

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    1. I’m the furthest thing from an Afghan woman, true.
      I did some math, 50 years of shaving, it would be approximately 3 times a week. Seems excessive.


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