Tuesday, October 23, 2012

WANDERERS STREET


WANDERERS STREET  
© Farouk Asvat  

It was your sigh
That brought this song
Upon the wind

Sucked from the dredges of a winebottle
It brought Newclare to Fietas
Celebrating Mondaynightbluesparties in Western
Where the tickeylines dance the drunken streets

Your song came from the Six
The ghost of Newyearseve troubadours haunting your memory
Strumming the banjos of our scattered history
Lilting the songs of The Alabama
The oratory of imprisoned Sheikh Yusuf
Preaching magical revolution on the mainland

Your sigh came in staccatoed eloquence
Turned the Karoo into a colourful spring of ominous mist
Turned wine into blood of our youth
Made history dance with the characters of our ghettoes

Harmonying the discord of our lives
Your song played havoc with your intestines
Turned discipline into insanity
Madness into an order
That would not let me rest
Amidst the gallows and shadows of our alleyways

But still we danced the Pata Pata
Talked poetry into the night
Coffee and biscuits to keep us company
While distant rape screams
Mingled quietly into the night


© farouk asvat

composed: 1976 [Johannesburg, South Africa under apartheid]

[] Acknowledgements:

Wanderers Street was previously published in:

     The Time Of Our Lives (black thoughts publications, p64, 1982);
     A Celebration of Flames (Heller Fund, UC Berkeley, California, p15, 1988);
     The Time Of Our Lives (piquant publications, p84, 2007);
     www.faroukasvat-poems.blogspot.com (23.10.2012);
     The Time Of Our Lives (kindle, 2014);
     The Time Of Our Lives (amazon paperback, p84, 2014).

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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,
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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