Tuesday, July 10, 2012

BOUQUETS OF PAIN

BOUQUETS OF PAIN  
© Farouk Asvat  

There are petals blown away
A white rose that withers unknown
A gift of flowers on the parade
Orange bougainvillaea dry and crisp
Red anthuriums wilting in the vase
And flowers I never sent

And yet
It could have been a day full of flowers
When you went back to your seringa mansion
To dream of a bohemian stranger
Who left you a bleeding rose
Full of naughty eyes and laughing tears


© farouk asvat

composed: 1985 [Johannesburg, South Africa under apartheid]

[] Acknowledgements:  

Bouquets Of Pain was previously published in:

     A Celebration Of Flames (donker, p48, 1987);
     The Indicator (Caxton, Johannesburg, p39, 11.06.1985);
     A Celebration of Flames (Heller Fund, UC Berkeley, California, p40, 1988);
     Boeketten Van Pijn: Dutch translation by Irene Scheltes (1989);
     A Celebration Of Flames (piquant publications, p59, 2007);
     www.faroukasvat-poems.blogspot.com (10.07.2012);
     A Celebration Of Flames (kindle, 2014);
     A Celebration Of Flames (amazon paperback, p58, 2014).

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the anthology A Celebration Of Flames by Farouk Asvat
is now available on amazon: paperback @ $10 & kindle @ only $5
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© farouk asvat.  All rights reserved.

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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,
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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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BOEKETTEN VAN PIJN 

     Dutch translation by © Irene Scheltes

Bloemblaadjes zijn weggeblazen
Een witte roos verwelkt anoniem
Een bloemenhulde bij de parade
Oranje bougainvillea knisperend droog
Rode anthuriums slap in de vaas
En bloemen die ik nooit stuurde.

En toch
Had het een dag vol bloemen kunnen zijn
Toen je terugging naar je villa van seringen
Om te dromen van een vreemde bohémien
Die jou een bloedende roos liet
Vol ondeugende ogen en tranen

     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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