Tuesday, April 24, 2012

CRIES AND WHISPERS

CRIES AND WHISPERS  
© Farouk Asvat  

Our leaders are forgotten men
Living in damp dungeons
Or darkened rooms from six to six;
Their disciples are dead men
And the dead point their fingers at dying men

Blind to the prophets of their time
Priests chant of quranic freedom fighters
While the people stir from their anaesthesia
Theorists sink in the quagmire of their deadened minds
And minked ladies scent men to nights in clammy beds
While tattered beggars lie in drunken streets
Penicillin peddlers make money of misery
And dancing monkey-marionettes voice splendid phrases
While starvation feeds on the hungry bellies of our wastelands


© farouk asvat

composed: 1976 [Johannesburg, South Africa under apartheid]

[] Acknowledgements:

Cries And Whispers was previously published in:

     The Time Of Our Lives (black thoughts publications, p32, 1982);
     The Star (Argus, Johannesburg, p32a, 19.11.1981);
     Exiles Within (Writers' Forum, Cape Town, p2, 1985);
     A Celebration of Flames (Heller Fund, UC Berkeley, California, p11, 1988);
     The Time Of Our Lives (piquant publications, p53, 2007);
     www.faroukasvat-poems.blogspot.com (24.04.2012);
     The Time Of Our Lives (kindle, 2014);
     The Time Of Our Lives (amazon paperback, p53, 2014).

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© farouk asvat.  All rights reserved.

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Reproduction of this work without permission, except for scholarly & nonprofit purposes,
is liable to a payment of 10, 000 ren men bi or US$ 1,500.

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2 comments:

  1. Beautiful words...poignant... heartbreaking...

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  2. Beautiful words … poignant … heartbreaking …
    [] Jill Townsend, Council Of Grandmothers (Google+ : 09.05.2012)

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