Tuesday, June 26, 2012

THESE WARS WITH WINTER NIGHTS

THESE WARS WITH WINTER NIGHTS 
© Farouk Asvat  

These wars with winter nights
Are over now,
Beside your supple body
Enveloping me
In a determined embrace

And yet
We loose so many moons
Denying each other,
Uncertain,
Uncertainties heaped upon uncertainties
Like sand rising upon sand

I should not let you go
I whisper to the empty room
Banging my fist against
     The cruel whims of fate
          That led an army of passion
          Against her inarticulate silence
          On those cold summer nights

          So now,
          She too is away
          So far away
          From where I knew her once
          Like a petal falling in the night
          Like thunder frightening me
          In the comfort of the afternoon
          Grey with rain

I recall you coming,
Wave upon wave,
Wiping out memory
Leaving fresh sand
And tiny breathing spaces for life

          Like she came,
          Wave upon wave,
          Building an architecture
          From kaleidoscopes of colour
          Misty nights and burning flesh,
          Nights that calmed down
          In her troubled embrace

So come
And go
To whatever darkness you dwell in
To whatever mysteries trouble you,
Or fill my uncertain hours
With more uncertainty,
Your deep-throat'd laughter
Filling the world with masks,
My life with emptiness

So go
And come
And I will fill your troubled soul
With the certainty of my embrace:

Come,
And I will fill your brittle vase
With dewy breaths of flowers
Tied in happy ribbons
Jingling like trees
Full of blossoms
Celebrating life

Even though I know
You too will leave,
Leaving me dangling
Like a wounded bird
Shattered against the tree


© farouk asvat

composed: 1985 [Johannesburg, South Africa under apartheid]

[] Acknowledgements:

These Wars With Winter Nights was previously published in:

     A Celebration Of Flames (donker, p53, 1987);
     A Celebration of Flames (Heller Fund, UC Berkeley, California, p45, 1988);
     Matatu 5(3) (Göttingen, Germany, p11, 1989);
     Deze Oorlogen Bij Winternacht: Dutch translation by Irene Scheltes (1989);
     A Celebration Of Flames (piquant publications, p66, 2007);
     www.faroukasvat-poems.blogspot.com (26.06.2012);
     A Celebration Of Flames (kindle, 2014);
     A Celebration Of Flames (amazon paperback, p65, 2014).

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© farouk asvat.  All rights reserved.

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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.

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DEZE OORLOGEN BIJ WINTERNACHT 

     Dutch translation by © Irene Scheltes 

Deze oorlogen bij winternacht
Zijn nu voorbij,
Naast je soepel lichaam
Dat zich rond mij wikkelt
In een stevige omhelzing

En toch,
We verliezen zovele manen
Elkander loochenend,
Onzeker
Onzekerheden opgehoopt
Zoals zand bovenop zand;

Ik had je niet moeten laten gaan
Fluister ik tot de lege kamer
Mijn vuisten ballend tegen
     De wrede grillen van het lot
          Dat een leger van hartstocht leidde
          Tegen haar sprakeloos zwijgen
          In die zomernachten vol kou

          Dus nu,
          Is ook zij verdwenen,
          Zo ver hiervandaan
          Vanwaar ik haar ooit kende
          Als een bloemblad vallend in de nacht
          Als onweer dat me angst aanjoeg
          In de weelde van de middag
          Grij s van de regen

Ik roep je komst op
Golf-na-golf,
Veeg herinnering uit
Laat vers zand achter
En minieme adempauzes om te leven

          Zoals zij kwam,
          Golf-na-golf,
          Een bouwwerk scheppend
          Van kaleidoscopen
          Nevelige nachten en brandend vlees
          Nachten die tot kalmte kwamen
          In haar omhelzing

Dus kom
En ga nu
In wat voor duisternis je ook woont
Wat voor mysteries je ook mogen kwellen
Of vul mijn onzekere uren
Met meer onzekerheid
Je lach diep in je keel
Die de wereld met maskers vult
Mijn leven met leegte

Ga dus
En kom,
En ik vul je gekwelde ziel
Met de zekerheid van mijn omhelzing:
Kom, en ik zal je broze vaas vullen
Met bedauwde adem van bloemen
Met vrolijke linten gebonden
Rinkelend als bomen
Vol bloesem
Loftuiging op het leven

Zelfs a1 weet ik dat
Ook jij mij zult verlaten
Verlaten terwijl ik bengel
Als een gevende vogel
Te pletter gevlogen tegen de boom

     Dutch translation by kind permission of © Irene Scheltes 

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the NOVEL Sadness In The House Of Love by Farouk Asvat
is now available on amazon: paperback @ $15 & kindle @ only $5
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