Tuesday, September 25, 2012

THE GATHERING OF THE STORM


THE GATHERING OF THE STORM  
© Farouk Asvat


The Tilling Of The Earth

Our sons
Found strength
In their fists.

But there was no sanctuary
As they hunted us
Like Khoi and San
Took buckshot bodies
Wrapped in refuse bags
Sliced into simba trucks
Frozen in i and j abattoirs
Dripping in blood

Till our ashen streets
Congealed maroon blood
And our mothers
Knew no more tears.


The Call Of The Wind

The night is quiet.
There are no rape screams
And the poets are asleep
Having fed on each others' souls
The wine caskets empty
The words run dry

Outside, in the leaves
Is the call of the wind
Stirring
From the eerie depths of the earth.


The Gathering Of The Fire

Love kept us at home,
Looking for angry young men.

But now,
Quiet, tired, afraid,
We fumble in the dark
For the gathering of the fire
Before the dawn comes
Cold, the colour of blood


© farouk asvat

composed: 1976 [Johannesburg, South Africa under apartheid]

[] Acknowledgements:

The Gathering Of The Storm was previously published in:

     The Time Of Our Lives (black thoughts publications, p92, 1982);
     Exiles Within (Writers' Forum, Cape Town, p5, 1985);
     The Indicator (Caxton, p26, 27-31.05.1986);
     A Celebration of Flames (Heller Fund, UC Berkeley, California, p19, 1988);
     The Time Of Our Lives (piquant publications, p86, 2007);
     www.faroukasvat-poems.blogspot.com (25.09.2012);
     The Time Of Our Lives (kindle, 2014);
     The Time Of Our Lives (amazon paperback, p86, 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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