Tuesday, August 28, 2012

DON AND YOU AND ME

DON AND YOU AND ME
© Farouk Asvat

Pelser sent us a writ
To break the links of our love
But the chains
Linked us to our destiny
Kruger and Vorster brought us together
Don and you and me
Fire together on winter nights
We laugh at how we harass the system
Speak of love
In the cynical tongue
Passionately of hatred
For them that rule our lives
With hunger and gunfire



© farouk asvat

composed: 1985 [Johannesburg, South Africa under apartheid]

[] Acknowledgements:

Don and You And Me was previously published in:

     A Celebration Of Flames (donker, p12, 1987);
     Don En Jij En Ik: Dutch translation by Irene Scheltes (1989);
     A Celebration Of Flames (piquant publications, p27, 2007);
     www.faroukasvat-poems.blogspot.com (28.08.2012);
     A Celebration Of Flames (kindle, 2014);
     A Celebration Of Flames (amazon paperback, p16, 2014).

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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 @ $10 & kindle @ only $5
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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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© 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


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[] DON EN JIJ EN IK

            Dutch translation by © Irene Scheltes

Pelser stuurde ons een oproep
Om onze liefdesband te breken
Maar de ketenen
Verbonden ons in ons lot
Kruger en Vorster brachten ons samen
Don en jou en mij
Vuur, verenigd in winter nachten,
Lachen om het tarten van het syteem
Spreken over liefde
In cynische bewoordingen
Verteerd door haat
Jegens hen die ons leven beheersen
Met honger en geweervuur

            Dutch translation by kind permission of © Irene Scheltes

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the anthology Bra Frooks … by Farouk Asvat
is now available on amazon: paperback @ $10 & kindle @ only $5
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the anthology The Wind Still Sings Sad Songs by Farouk Asvat
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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

WINTER

WINTER
© Farouk Asvat


Winter waits, poorly dressed,
For the sun of your body

Alone in the loneliness of this world
I venture through untrampled bush
Through dark waters
Through familiar ground
Unfamiliar with each new touch
Each new taste of the body
Each nuance of the eyes
Clear laughter of the mouth.

It is hard
This attempt at gentleness.
But the fresh rain of your words
Flower the weeds and the blossoms,
The leather mask falls
And I love you.




© farouk asvat


composed: 1985 [Johannesburg, South Africa under apartheid].


[] Acknowledgements:

 

Winter (waits) was previously published in:

     A Celebration Of Flames, (donker, p46///, 1987);
     A Celebration of Flames (Heller Fund, UC Berkeley, USA, p38///, 1988);
     Winter: Dutch translation by Irene Scheltes (1989);
     A Celebration Of Flames (piquant publications, p61///, 2007);
     www.faroukasvat-poems.blogspot.com (21.08.2012///);
     A Celebration Of Flames (kindle, 2014);
     A Celebration Of Flames (amazon paperback, p60///, 2014).


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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 @ $10 & kindle @ only $5
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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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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,
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[] WINTER

     Dutch translation by © Irene Scheltes


De winter wacht, armoedig gekleed,
Op de zon van jouw lichaam

Alleen in de eenzaamheid van deze wereld
Waag ik me door dicht struikgewas
Door donkere wateren
Doo r bekend gebied
Elke nieuwe aa nraking onbekend
Elke nieuwe smaak van het lichaam
Elke nuance van de ogen
Heldere lach van de mond.

Het is moeilijk
Deze poging tot tederheid.
Maar de frisse regen van je woorden
Doet onkruid en bloesems bloeien
Het leren masker valt
En ik heb je lief.


     Dutch translation by kind permission of  © Irene Scheltes


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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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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

HEARING THE CHILDREN CRY

HEARING THE CHILDREN CRY  
© Farouk Asvat  

Hearing the children cry
Is music
To the silence of blank faces
Hearing the child in solitary
Is better than not knowing
That the child's nightmare
Is better than the cold
Silence of death


© farouk asvat

composed: 1985 [Johannesburg, South Africa under apartheid]

[] Acknowledgements:

Hearing The Children Cry was previously published in:

     A Celebration Of Flames (donker, p29, 1987);
     Dokumente Texte und Tendenzen VIII (Evangelische Akademie, Germany, p166, 1987);
     A Celebration of Flames (Heller Fund, UC Berkeley, California, USA, p23, 1988);
     Saasm News 1(2) (SAASM, Boston, USA, p15, 1988);
     De kinderen horen huilen: Dutch translation by Irene Scheltes (1989);
     A Celebration Of Flames (piquant publications, p26, 2007);
     www.faroukasvat-poems.blogspot.com (14.08.2012);
     A Celebration Of Flames (kindle, 2014);
     A Celebration Of Flames (amazon paperback, p15, 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 @:





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

[] also link up on:






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

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DE KINDEREN HOREN HUILEN  

     Dutch translation by © Irene Scheltes

De kinderen horen huilen
Is muziek
Voor de stilte van blanke gezichtne
Het kind te horen in zijn eenzame cel
Is beter dan niet te weten
Dat de boze droom van het kind
Is beter dan de koude
Stilte van de dood

     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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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

YOU COME

YOU COME 
© Farouk Asvat  

You come
Like rain
Soft and imperceptible
Like the seasons
Full of blossom
And winter warmth
Like a ghazal
In a night full of pain

My tongue lapping your tears
As you sob and heave beneath me

     Oh play the violin
     Amidst the violence
     Let its soothing music
     Jar our frenzied, fiery quests
     Let its plaintive cry
     Echo our pain

Oh come my love
Come into my life


© farouk asvat

composed: 1985 [Johannesburg, South Africa under apartheid]

[] Acknowledgements:

You Come was previously published in:

     A Celebration Of Flames (donker, p47, 1987);
     English Academy Review 3 (University of the Witwatersrand, p7, 1985);
     A Celebration of Flames (Heller Fund, UC Berkeley, California, USA, p39, 1988);
     Je Komt: Dutch translation by Irene Scheltes (1989);
     A Celebration Of Flames (piquant publications, p62, 2007);
     www.faroukasvat-poems.blogspot.com (07.08.2012);
     A Celebration Of Flames (kindle, 2014);
     A Celebration Of Flames (amazon paperback, p61, 2014).

[][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][]
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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[][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][]
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
is now available on amazon: paperback @ $10 & kindle @ only $5
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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
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
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[][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][]
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

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JE KOMT 
     Dutch translation by © Irene Scheltes

Je komt
Als de regen
Zacht en ongemerkt
Vol bloesem
En winter warmte
Als een gazelle
In een nacht vol pijn

Mijn tong likt je tranen weg
Als je snikkend onder mij beweegt:

     O, speel viool
     Temdden van het geweld
     Laat haar zachte muziek
     Onze dolle, vurige zoektocht beroeren
     Laat haar jammerklacht
     Echo zijn van onze pijn

O, kom mijn lief
Kom in mijn leven

     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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