Tuesday, May 8, 2012

THE TIME OF OUR LIVES


THE TIME OF OUR LIVES  
© Farouk Asvat  

The maelstrom of madness returns
Here in the grey arteries of the city
Where again I look for warmth in winter streets

Away from the oppressive nature of Natal
Away from the gentle winds of the Cape
Here it is harsh, the land and its people

So memory stretches
Across the grey waves of the Karoo
Over the formidable Hottentots-Holland
To the peninsula of hope and storms

There among the maroon bougainvillaea
White orchids and purple four o' clocks
Your face is serene

     The full-mouthed hello
     The compassion in the laughter within your smile
     The subtle tease in your strut
     Return like a swell


© farouk asvat

composed: 1980 [Johannesburg - Cape Town, South Africa under apartheid].

[] Acknowledgements:

The Time Of Our Lives was previously published in:

     The Time Of Our Lives (black thoughts publications, p65, 1982);
     The Indicator (Johannesburg, p35, 11.06.1985);
     Exiles Within (Writers' Forum, p3, 1985);
     A Celebration of Flames (Heller Fund, UC Berkeley, California, p16, 1988);
     Güzel Anlarımız: translated into Turkish by İlyas Tunç
     The Time Of Our Lives (piquant publications, p62, 2007);
     www.faroukasvat-poems.blogspot.com (08.05.2012);
     The Time Of Our Lives (kindle, 2014);
     The Time Of Our Lives (amazon paperback, p62, 2014).

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© farouk asvat.  All rights reserved.

Farouk Asvat asserts his moral right to be identified as the author of this work.
No part of this publication may be reproduced by any means whatsoever, or transmitted in any form or any means whatsoever, mechanical or electronic, including recording, printing, photocopying, or via any computerised means or media, including the internet.  This publication shall also not be stored in a retrieval system.  And the writing shall not be sold, lent, hired, resold or circulated in any form or binding or cover other than that in which it is published,
without the prior permission of the author in writing.
Permission to publish or reproduce the writings in any format can be obtained from the author.
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.

farouk asvat can be contacted at: farouk.asvat@gmail.com

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[] Güzel Anlarımız  

     translated into Turkish by © İlyas Tunç

Dönüyor çılgınlığın girdabı
Burada, gri atardamarlarında kentin
Yine karlı sokaklarda sevgiyi aradığım yerde

Natal’ın baskın doğasından uzakta
Cape’in kibar rüzgârlarından uzakta
İşte, hırçınlık: ülkem ve insanları

Böylece uzanıyor anılar
Karoo’nun gri dalgaları boyunca
Ürkütücü Hottentus-Holland üzerinden
Umut ve fırtınalar yarımadasına

Orada, kestane rengi begonyalar
Beyaz orkideler, pembe saat dört çiçekleri arasında
Senin berrak yüzün

     Ağız dolusu merhaba deyişin
     Gülüşündeki, kahkahandaki sevecenlik
     Kurumla yürüyündeki ince alay
     Kabarmiş bir dalga gibi dönüyor geri.

     by kind permission of © İlyas Tunç

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