Tuesday, October 30, 2012

ON THE PERIPHERY


ON THE PERIPHERY  
© Farouk Asvat  

On the periphery of so many things
Why did you not listen
To your heart
When you listened
To your mother's flesh

But I have exorcised the ghost
Of your laughter
And the mirror of madness
That was my eyes
For so many seasons

Now I sit here and watch you
Sadness reflecting your life
     Love buried beneath the years
     Of the music you desired
     In the comfort of luxurious lounges


© farouk asvat

composed: 1985 [Johannesburg, South Africa under apartheid]

[] Acknowledgements:

On The Periphery was previously published in:  

     A Celebration Of Flames (donker, p38, 1987);
     A Celebration of Flames (Heller Fund, UC Berkeley, USA, p32, 1988);
     Aan De Periferie: Dutch translation by Irene Scheltes (1989);
     A Celebration Of Flames (piquant publications, p50, 2007);
     www.faroukasvat-poems.blogspot.com (30.10.2012);
     A Celebration Of Flames (amazon kindle, 2014);
     A Celebration Of Flames (amazon paperback, p50, 2014).

(different versions: edited: 2007)

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© farouk asvat.  All rights reserved.

Farouk Asvat asserts his moral right to be identified as the author of this work.
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,
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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[] AAN DE PERIFERIE  

     Dutch translation by © Irene Scheltes

Aan de periferie van zovee l dingen,
Waarom luisterde je niet
Naar je hart
Toen je luisterde
Naar je moeders vlees

Maar ik heb de kwade geest uitgedreven
Van je lach
En de spiegel van waanzin
Die mijn ogen varen
Seizoenen achtereen

Nu zit ik hier en houd je in het oog
Verdriet weerspiegelt je leven:
Liefde ligt begraven onder de jaren
Van de muziek waarnaar je verlangde
In de weelde van luxueuze salons

Terwijl ik hier werk
Verweg
In de rustieke omgeving
Van een kliniek aan de periferie
Waar de honger loert
In de kozijnen van schamele huizen
In de ogen van schurftige honden
Op de rug van morogo-plukkende vrouwen:

We zitten in de keuken
Delen anecdotes en thee
Houdon hen in de gaten:

Springbok Reizen
Brengen een vrolijke troep toeristen
Kijkend door veilige verrekijkers
Van een heuvel op afstand:

Het leger van nijlpard en olifant
En de massa met molotovs,
Aangevuurd door de emoties van hun jeugdig avontuur
Hoe dan ook vermengd
Met het verlangen naar vrijheid,
Die hen niet toe zal laten
In de heksenketel van geweld:

Zij, roze gezichten, begerige ogen.
Moeten terug naar de plek
Waar frisse meisjes hul dijen ontbloten
In pin-up rokken, mode des doods
Pronkend in de neonstraten
Trotse gang naar vergetelheid

     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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