Tuesday, May 1, 2012

UPON SEEING YOU IN THE DARK

UPON SEEING YOU IN THE DARK 
© Farouk Asvat  

Hearts open
Like purple four o' clocks at dusk:
Wind upon the sail
Atlas for the floundering ship

Illusions, mirrors of youth,
Lie shattered on the floor:
But your voice picks up the wind
Sings through bamboo reeds
Through horn of the antelope

Like me
You gathered the sorrows of our people:
Tenderness has forged a sigh into my laughter
There are gifts in your gentleness
And still you come
Eternally like the wave

Dancing rainbow of butterflies halo your black crown.
I see you in the dark light of the room
Sensitive theatre of the lips
Happy like the khaki grass
Dancing in the highveld wind
Dressed in a splash of pink petals.
Oh the warmth of the abdomen
The ice of the Karoo night:
In my naked land
You are the protea:
Beauty, and terror in losing you

Child full of laughter
Natural as the water and the stars
Come with me
Lead me
So that I will regret
Forgetting your caress,
Or just a kiss.

I grow tired,
Venturing to no purpose.
Here in the wilderness of this war
You are the heir
To the songs of my heart
Oh sad and beautiful one
Natural as the wind


© farouk asvat

composed: 1985 [Johannesburg, South Africa under apartheid]

[] Acknowledgements:

Upon Seeing You In The Dark was previously published in:

     A Celebration Of Flames (donker, p43, 1987);
     Exiles Within (Writers' Forum, Cape Town, p2, 1985);
     Dokumente Texte und Tendenzen VIII (Evangelische Akademie, Germany, p103, 1987);
     A Celebration of Flames (Heller Fund, UC Berkeley, California, p36, 1988);
     Nu Ik Jou In Het Donker Zie (Dutch translation by Irene Scheltes, 1988);
     A Celebration of Flames (piquant publications, p64, 2007);
     www.faroukasvat-poems.blogspot.com (01.05.2012);
     A Celebration Of Flames (kindle, 2014);
     A Celebration Of Flames (amazon paperback, p63, 2014).

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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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NU IK JOU IN HET DONKER ZIE 

     Dutch translation by © Irene Scheltes 

Harten gaan open
Als purperen bootjes in de schemering:
Wind in de zeilen
Atlas voor het zwoegende schip

Illusies, spiegels der jeugd,
Liggen kapot op de grond:
Maar je stem wakkert de wind aan
Zingt door bamboeriet
Door de hoorn van de antilope
Net als ik
Vergaarde jij het leed van ons volk:
Tederheid schiep een zucht in mijn lach
Jouw zachtheid is een geschenk
En nog altijd kom je
Eeuwig als de golven

Een dansende regenboog van vlinders verlicht je zwarte kroon
Ik zie je in het duistere licht van de kamer
Gevoelig theater van de lippen
Gelukkig als het kaki gras
Dansend in de wind op het veld
In roze bloemenzee getooid.
O de warmte diep in de buik
Di ijskoude nacht in het Hoogland:
In mijn naakte land
Ben jij het protea:
Schhonheid, en angst om je te verliezen

Kind vol vrolijkheid
Natuurlijk als het water en de sterren
Kom met mij mee
Leid me
Zodat het me zal berouwen
Als ik je streling vergeet,
Of enkel een kus.

Ik word moe,
Van het doelloos risico’s nemen.
Hier in de wildernis van deze oorlog
Ben jij de erfgenaam
Van de liederen in mijn hart
O jij, zo droef en mooi
Natuurlijk als de wind

     Dutch translation by kind permission of © Irene Scheltes 

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