Tuesday, October 2, 2012


© Farouk Asvat

My deepest sorrow
Lies within you:
In the flutter of your abdomen
In the warm dove of your hand
Nestling against your face:
A festival of honey
Dripping with sadness.

Now that the stars have revolved,
Your ululating hand
Struts a pleasant goodbye

Knowing the dead bodies
That lie between us:

Years that took me
Through a heartache of foreignland
That left my body
Without substance,
A ghost of memories
That can never return us
To the garden of our hearts

© farouk asvat

composed: 1985 [Johannesburg, South Africa under apartheid]


            Dutch translation by © Irene Scheltes

Mijn diepst verdriet
Ligt in jou:
In het trillen van je buik
In de warme duif van je hand
Die zich nestelt tegen je gezicht:
Een festival van honing
Druipend van droefheid.

Nu de sterren zijn gekeerd,
Stut je jammerende hand
Een aangenaam afscheid

In 't besef van de lijken
Die tussen ons liggen:

Jaren die mi j voerden
Door hartzeer van een vreemdland
Dat mijn lichaam
Zonder substantie liet,
Een spook vol herinneringen,
Die ons nooit terug kunnen ?leiden
Naar de tuin van ons hart

[] Acknowledgements:

My Deepest Sorrow was previously published in:

                A Celebration Of Flames, (donker, p52, 1987);
                A Celebration of Flames (Heller Fund, UC Berkeley, California, USA, p44, 1988);
                Mijn Diepst Verdriet: Dutch translation by Irene Scheltes (1989);
                A Celebration Of Flames (piquant publications, p53, 2007).

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