Tuesday, April 10, 2012

MASSACRE AT SHARPEVILLE


MASSACRE AT SHARPEVILLE  
© Farouk Asvat  

People of Sharpeville
Conquered
As the soil of Sharpeville
Now you have left your pass behind
Now you have burnt the evil spirit
That had bound you so long
Now you are free
People of Sharpeville
Now you are bare
Of the armour
That had restricted your movements
Around you stenguns and saracens shift uneasily
Suddenly your air is filled with fire
As it burns into your lungs
And your gut shoots out
And blood oozes from your eyes
But your blood will not run dry
It flows with the strength of underground movements
To sadly nourish the tree of freedom
Mighty as the baobab
So you can rest in its shade
After the long journey
So you can eat of its fruit
Denied you so long
People of Sharpeville


© farouk asvat

composed: 21.03.1973 [Johannesburg, South Africa under apartheid]
                  13th commemoration of Sharpeville & Heroes' Day.

[] Acknowledgements:

Massacre at Sharpeville was previously published in:

     The Time Of Our Lives (black thoughts publications, p16, 1982);
     A Celebration of Flames (Heller Fund, UC Berkeley, USA, p10, 1988);
     Awa-Finnaba II (West Berlin, Germany, p8, March 1988);
     Perspectives 5: South Africa, ed Kurt Sondheim [text + recording]
          (Ernst Klett Verlag, Stuttgart, Germany, p31, 1988);
     Northern Lights, Southern Star ? ed S Rubin (Nolwazi, Maskew Miller, p?, 2001);
     The Time Of Our Lives (piquant publications, p39, 2007);
     www.faroukasvat-poems.blogspot.com (10.04.2012);
     The Time Of Our Lives (kindle, 2014);
     The Time Of Our Lives (amazon paperback, p39, 2014).

[] German Studio Recording:
     Poems recited by Farouk Asvat:
          Possibilities For A Man Hunted By SBs
          The Death Of Steve Biko
          Massacre At Sharpeville
     German Studio Recording:
     Perspectives 5: South Africa, ed Kurt Sontheim
     (Ernst Klett Verlag, Stuttgart, Germany, 1988)
     Teacher's text + Cassette recording # 8.

     * On 21 march 1960, the South African Police opened fire with Saracen armoured cars, Sten submachine-guns, and other firearms, on an unarmed crowd, killing 69 children, women and men, almost all of them shot in the back; while Sabre jets and Harvard trainers flew low overhead.  The protest, organized by the Pan Africanist Congress, was part of a nationwide campaign against the apartheid regime forcing Black people to carry identity documents at all times, at the risk of being beaten or arrested. 

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