I won’t become a doctor.
One day you will be sick.”—
Poem written by an 11 year old Afghan girl
This poem was recorded in a NYT magazine article about female underground poetry groups in Afghanistan. An amazing article about the ways in which women are using a traditional two line poetry form to express their resistance to male oppression, their feelings about love (considered blasphemous), and their doubts about religion.
These poems (Landai) have always been a way for Afghan women to express themselves anonymously and often in the most profound ways. Our biggest historical heroines (like Malalai of Maiwand or Nazo Anaa) have expressed themselves through such poetry and led the country into prosperity. There are poems on the most controversial topics that could never be expressed otherwise but are filling the pages of countless poetry books.
- one of the best articles i’ve read in a while. amazing.