The Proper Tense with Accidents


Accidents may happen; then they do; but after that
They were not accidents; they are just facts.




Image: Broken heart by Flickr user bored-now, published under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) license.

It turns out there’s a verse form known as a landay, that I’d not known of before reading about it on the NaPoWriMo website the other day; the landay — the subject of this absolutely fascinating article — is a form of folk poetry from Afghanistan, what in English would be your basic couplet with some other formal restrictions. True to my usual practice of shameless appropriation… well, let’s just call this one a plain old English couplet, then, shall we?

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