Tuesday, April 24, 2012

CRIES AND WHISPERS

CRIES AND WHISPERS  
© Farouk Asvat  

Our leaders are forgotten men
Living in damp dungeons
Or darkened rooms from six to six;
Their disciples are dead men
And the dead point their fingers at dying men

Blind to the prophets of their time
Priests chant of quranic freedom fighters
While the people stir from their anaesthesia
Theorists sink in the quagmire of their deadened minds
And minked ladies scent men to nights in clammy beds
While tattered beggars lie in drunken streets
Penicillin peddlers make money of misery
And dancing monkey-marionettes voice splendid phrases
While starvation feeds on the hungry bellies of our wastelands


© farouk asvat

composed: 1976 [Johannesburg, South Africa under apartheid]

[] Acknowledgements:

Cries And Whispers was previously published in:

     The Time Of Our Lives (black thoughts publications, p32, 1982);
     The Star (Argus, Johannesburg, p32a, 19.11.1981);
     Exiles Within (Writers' Forum, Cape Town, p2, 1985);
     A Celebration of Flames (Heller Fund, UC Berkeley, California, p11, 1988);
     The Time Of Our Lives (piquant publications, p53, 2007);
     www.faroukasvat-poems.blogspot.com (24.04.2012);
     The Time Of Our Lives (kindle, 2014);
     The Time Of Our Lives (amazon paperback, p53, 2014).

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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.

farouk asvat can be contacted at: farouk.asvat@gmail.com

[] please check out my blogs @:





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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

EVERY FORM OF REFUGE ...

"Every form of refuge has its price"  
© Farouk Asvat  

     poems for π.  

          Whiteflower
          An Act Of Immortality
          The Barrier
          After All These Years
          She Loved Me

© farouk asvat


WHITEFLOWER
                              shaded pink
                              brown freckled

Our love blossomed
One night
Among these dark festering alleys
                         so foreign to you

Our love wilted
When morning came
So frightfully fresh
               so foreign to me

Sad
     and somewhat piqued
     you left

     i stayed
     with my radical rhetoric
     somewhat humbled

O my beloved
Phantom of the dark
By daylight we have to dream


© farouk asvat


AN ACT OF IMMORTALITY
               'Love is touching souls'

Our hearts understood so well
What minds never can
What uniforms would never allow

     Though I had to leap chasms
     For you to reach me

          No! it is not I
          With blazing soul
          Loathing the smug and satanic
          Among these rotting ramparts
          Who has lost his humanity

               Though you still sit accusingly
               Smugly sipping
               The river that flows in my brother
               Blowing thoughtful smokerings
               To encircle my mind
               With cosy notions of humanity.

Because we have cried so much
We know how to laugh
Know how to love
Even when we hate

     So tonight I shall love you
     On your side of town
     Slip out of your wet passion
     Slip through my arid land
     To the waiting border
     Or seek refuge in some zinc palace
     And choose my moment
     To greet their trains with thunder

     So we talk of strategy
     Between the kisses
     We ask why
     Hate comes so easy
     Why we overturn this earth
     To harvest dry sheaves of sanity

          So do not kill me now
          With your kind of love

          For someday soon
          We shall stand face to face
          Your kin and my kind
          With hate in our holsters
          Theirs greased by greed
          Ours by love
          Born of hatred
          For the blue-eyed sons of the gods
          The masters of evil


© farouk asvat


THE BARRIER

And now, each distant time we meet
We break bread in some quiet corner
Reliving the quieter moments of our lives.

     But the years have stilled the passion;
     The magic bond is broken.
     And you mark your distance
     Keeping your lively green eyes shuttered
     Refusing entry to the brooding soul.

          And thus distanced
          The schism widens

                    So much, I have wanted the essence:
                    To feel the fragrance of freshness
                    To dance to your lively eyes
                    To drink the troubled soul
                    Kiss the compassionate smile.
                    So much I have wanted.

               But too much have I fed on misery
               To live in whitewashed fairyland;
               Too much been part of the suffering
               For you to stand the strain of my existence
               For you to come to me
               To be my fantasy
               Be my only reality.

                    So far apart in so many ways
                    So much closer than closer friends
                    The evening air whispers
                    Almost with a sigh

               Outside, the wind stirs
               Black clouds gather with vengeance;
               The first drops have fallen;
               And in the stillness
               The night is restless


© farouk asvat


AFTER ALL THESE YEARS
                 a letter to a friend
                 wherever she may be

Anger swells
Like an explosion
In the chest

But it is too late
To change lives now

Love is a strange feeling
I left behind
In the disturbances of youth;
The tiger will not let me off
And the hyena cannot stop laughing
As the hippo rides the streets

Besides, we are too learned now
To go back to the source

After all these years
The emerald dazzle has softened
Your eyes have black sediments
And I have aged in my youth

Oh how the years wasted our lives
How our tongues could not speak
The language of our hearts
How we barricaded
Behind the myths of our upbringings


© farouk asvat


SHE LOVED ME

She loved me
And now I've lost her
I love her
And now she's gone


© farouk asvat

[] Acknowledgements:

These poems were previously published in:

Whiteflower:

     The Time Of Our Lives (black thoughts publications, p48, 1980);
     Wietie # 1 (Sable, Johannesburg, p8, 1980);
     Botsotso 12 (Botsotso, Johannesburg, p59, 2002);
     The Time Of Our Lives (piquant publications, p69, 2007).
     www.faroukasvat-poems.blogspot.com (17.04.2012);
     www.faroukasvat-poems.blogspot.com (09.09.2014);
     The Time Of Our Lives (kindle, 2014);
     The Time Of Our Lives (amazon paperback, p69, 2014).
[] composed: 1976, Johannesburg, South Africa under apartheid.

An Act of Immortality:

     The Time Of Our Lives (black thoughts publications, p49, 1980);
     Wietie # 1 (Sable, Johannesburg, p8, 1980);
     The Time Of Our Lives (piquant publications, p70, 2007).
     www.faroukasvat-poems.blogspot.com (17.04.2012);
     www.faroukasvat-poems.blogspot.com (16.09.2014);
     The Time Of Our Lives (kindle, 2014);
     The Time Of Our Lives (amazon paperback, p70, 2014).
[] composed: 1976, Johannesburg, South Africa under apartheid.

The Barrier:

     The Time Of Our Lives (black thoughts publications, p51, 1980);
     Wietie # 1 (Sable, Johannesburg, p8, 1980);
     Exiles Within (Writers' Forum, Cape Town, p2, 1985)
     A Celebration of Flames (Heller Fund, UC Berkeley, California, p13, 1988);
     The Time Of Our Lives (piquant publications, p72, 2007).
     www.faroukasvat-poems.blogspot.com (17.04.2012);
     www.faroukasvat-poems.blogspot.com (23.09.2014);
     The Time Of Our Lives (kindle, 2014);
     The Time Of Our Lives (amazon paperback, p72, 2014).
[] composed: 1976, Johannesburg, South Africa under apartheid.

After All These Years:

     A Celebration Of Flames (donker, p35, 1987);
     English Academy Review 3 (University Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, p6, 1985);
     Dokumente Texte und Tendenzen VIII
          (Evangelische Akademie, Germany, p165, 1987);
     A Celebration of Flames (Heller Fund, UC Berkeley, California, p29, 1988);
     Na Al Deze Jaren: Dutch translation by Irene Scheltes (1989);
     Culture In Another South Africa (Olive Branch Press, New York, p198, 1989);
     A Celebration Of Flames (piquant publications, p47, 2007).
     www.faroukasvat-poems.blogspot.com (17.04.2012);
     www.faroukasvat-poems.blogspot.com (30.09.2014);
     A Celebration Of Flames (kindle, 2014);
     A Celebration Of Flames (amazon paperback, p47, 2014).
[] composed: 1985, Johannesburg, South Africa under apartheid

She Loved Me:

     The Wind Still Sings Sad Songs (piquant publications, p25, 2006).
     www.faroukasvat-poems.blogspot.com (17.04.2012);
     www.faroukasvat-poems.blogspot.com (17.09.2013);
     The Wind Still Sings Sad Songs (kindle, 2014);
     The Wind Still Sings Sad Songs (amazon paperback, p10, 2014).
[] composed: 21.08.1991, Johannesburg, South Africa under apartheid.


> "Every form of refuge has its price":
     song: Lying Eyes
     performers: Eagles
     composers: Don Henley/Glen Frey
     publisher: Warner Bros Music
     album: One Of These Nights (asylum)

> "Love is touching souls":
     song: A Case Of You
     performer: Joni Mitchell
     composer: Joni Mitchell
     publisher: Joni Mitchell Music
     album: Blue (reprise)

© farouk asvat

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the NOVEL The Gathering Of The Storm by Farouk Asvat
is now available on amazon: paperback @ $10 & kindle @ only $5
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[][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][]
the anthology I Dream In Long Sentences by Farouk Asvat
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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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[][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][]
the anthology A Celebration Of Flames by Farouk Asvat
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the anthology The Time Of Our Lives by Farouk Asvat
is now available on amazon: paperback @ $10 & kindle @ only $5
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[][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][]
the anthology Bra Frooks … by Farouk Asvat
is now available on amazon: paperback @ $7.50 & kindle @ only $5
[][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][]

[][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][]
the collection of literary essays Weapons of Words by Farouk Asvat
is now available on amazon: paperback @ $10 & kindle @ only $5
[][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][]

© 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.

farouk asvat can be contacted at: farouk.asvat@gmail.com

[] please check out my blogs @:





books by farouk asvat: www.faroukasvat-books.blogspot.com

[] also link up on:






amazon kindle author @ www.amazon.com/author/faroukasvat

[][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][]
the NOVEL Sadness In The House Of Love by Farouk Asvat
is now available on amazon: paperback @ $15 & kindle @ only $5
[][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][]

#love #literature #fiction #novel #poetry #southafrica #apartheid #books
#classics #weapons of words #comparative literature #literary criticism
#faroukasvat
#the time of our lives #a celebration of flames #the wind still sings sad songs
#whiteflower #an act of immortality #the barrier #after all these years #she loved me

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