by Alice Quinn
More landays from the women of Afghanistan:
I’ll kiss you in the pomegranate garden. Hush!
People will think there’s a goat in the underbrush.
Come, let’s lie here thigh to thigh.
If you climb on, I won’t cry.
Bright moon, for the love of God tonight
Don’t blind two lovers with such naked light.
Earlier landays, or folk couplets, we posted here.
(From I Am the Beggar of the World: Landays from Contemporary Afghanistan, translated and presented by Eliza Griswold, photographs by Seamus Murphy, to be published in April 2014 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. LLC. Text copyright © 2014 by Eliza Griswold. Photographs copyright © 2014 by Seamus Murphy. All rights reserved.)