Tuesday, December 11, 2012

THE DARK SEA

THE DARK SEA
© Farouk Asvat


In the lounge
A deepak flutters
And incense burns
To the strange gods
Of my youth

In the backyard
Grey smoke, grey rain,
And orange flames
Devour nostalgia
In a bonfire of sentiments

The wind is wet.
In the melancholy of the shadows
The moist timber glistens
In the dark

In the first light of night
I lie down
Waiting for the first touch,
Anticipating:
A solitary star,
A world of whirling clouds

     The sea is dark
     And your eyes are darker still,
     Hiding everything.

          Looking over your shoulder,
          The sea glistens with moonlight
          Sand stings in the wind;
          Holding you,
          A world of whirling clouds,
          I remember worlds gone by,
          Loneliness and loves ended,
          A blossom of jacaranda
          Falling quietly in the breast.




© farouk asvat


composed: 1985 [Johannesburg, South Africa under apartheid]


[] Acknowledgements:

The Dark Sea was previously published in:

     A Celebration Of Flames, (donker, p40, 1987);
     A Celebration of Flames (Heller Fund, UC Berkeley, USA, p33, 1988);
     De Donkere Zee: Dutch translation by Irene Scheltes (1989);
     A Celebration Of Flames (piquant publications, p54, 2007);
     www.faroukasvat-poems.blogspot.com (11.12.2012);
     A Celebration Of Flames (kindle, 2014);
     A Celebration Of Flames (amazon paperback, p54, 2014).

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[] DE DONKERE ZEE

     Dutch translation by © Irene Scheltes


Op het erf
Grijze rook, grijze regen,
En oranje vlammen
Nostalgie verterend
In een vreugdevuur van gevoelens

In de salon
Fladdert een deepak
En wierook brandt
Voor vreemde goden
Van mijn vriend

De wind is vochtig
In de melancholie der schaduwen
Glans t het natte hout

En ik lig
In het eerste licht van de nacht
Voor de eerste aanraking,
Vooruitziend,
Een eenzame ster
Een wereld van woelende wolken:

     De zee is donker
     En je ogen donkerder
     Alles verbergend

          Als ik over je heen kijk
          Glinstert de zee in het maanlicht,
          Zand striemt door de wind.
          Nu ik je vasthoud,
          Een wereld van werv'lende wolken,
          Ik herinner mij hoe werelden vergingen
          Eenzaamheid en vervlogen liefdes
          En een bloesem van de jaracanda
          Valt zacht jes in in mijn borst.


     Dutch translation by kind permission of © Irene Scheltes


[][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][]
the anthology A Celebration Of Flames by Farouk Asvat
is now available on amazon: paperback @ $10 & kindle @ only $5
[][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][]

[][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][]
the anthology The Time Of Our Lives by Farouk Asvat
is now available on amazon: paperback @ $10 & kindle @ only $5
[][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][]

[][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][]
the anthology Bra Frooks … by Farouk Asvat
is now available on amazon: paperback @ $10 & kindle @ only $5
[][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][]

[][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][]
the anthology The Wind Still Sings Sad Songs by Farouk Asvat
is now available on amazon: paperback @ $10 & kindle @ only $5
[][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][]

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