Tuesday, July 17, 2012

THE POETRY OF LOVE


THE POETRY OF LOVE  
© Farouk Asvat  

I live in the slums of my mind
Surrounded by the dancing garden
Of a million houries
And the pathetic pleading eyes
Of children sitting with cupped hands
Amidst a celebration of red carnations
And the motion of a thousand ugly vehicles
Patrolling the ashen streets
With the sound of gunfire
In their eyes

Come little children
Burning your fathers
In jubilation of nothing
Go bury yourselves in shame
Cremate your adolescent bravado
In a prison of a thousand white curtains
Fluttering in the breeze

Come guerilla fighter
That walks with the night
Stalks with the lion
Making your presence felt
In air-conditioned apartments
And discarded rubbish bins
Eating dried mopani worms
And farmhand offerings
Of porridge and wild spinach;
Come let us not part ways
For I hear the vision of bazookas
In my heart
In these lines that flow like sinews
For yours is the poetry of love
Ours the way of death
Ours is the road
That leads to the unburdening of the soul
To the singing of new anthems


© farouk asvat

composed: July 1985 [Johannesburg, South Africa under apartheid]

[] Acknowledgements:

The Poetry Of Love was previously published in:

     A Celebration Of Flames, (donker, p62, 1987);
     Writers' Forum (Writers' Forum, p3, June 1985);
     A Celebration of Flames (Heller Fund, UC Berkeley, California, p52, 1988);
     Liefdes - Poëzie: Dutch translation by Irene Scheltes (1989);
     Notre Librairie 122: (Clef, Paris, France, # 122, p143, April-June 1995),
          + French translation by Pauline Baggio: La Poesie de l'amour;
     A Celebration Of Flames (piquant publications, p80, 2007);
     www.faroukasvat-poems.blogspot.com (17.07.2012);
     A Celebration Of Flames (kindle, 2014);
     A Celebration Of Flames (amazon paperback, p78, 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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LIEFDES - POËZIE 

     Dutch translation by © Irene Scheltes

Ik leef in de sloppen van mijn geest
Omgeven door de dansende tuin
Van miljoenen hoeri's
En de aandoenlijk smekende ogen
Van kinderen met handen hol als een kom
Temidden van een zee van anjers
En lelijke wagens die bij d uizenden voortgaan
Op patrouille in de straten van as
Het geluid van geweervuur
In hun ogen

Kom kindertjes
Jullie die je vaders verbranden
Jubelend om niets
Ga jezelf in schaamte begraven
Cremeer je jeugdige overmoed
In een gevangenis met duizend witte gordijnen
Fladderend in de wind

Kom guerillastrijder
Jij die loopt met de nacht
Sluipt met de leeuw
Die laat voelen dat je er bent
In luchtgekoelde appartementen
En wegwerp-vuilnisbakken
Jij die droge mopaniwormen eet
En wat een boerenhand je biedt
Aan morogo en pap;
Kom laat ons niet uiteengaan
Want ik hoor het visioen van bazoeka's
In mijn hart
In deze regels als zenuwprikkels
Want aan jou is de liefdes-poëzie
Aan ons de route naar de dood
Aan ons is de weg
Die leidt naar verlichting van de ziel
Het zingen van nieuwe liederen.

     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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