Tuesday, February 12, 2013

FLOWERGIRL ON THE PARADE

FLOWERGIRL ON THE PARADE
© Farouk Asvat

Now you flaunt
Flutter on gull-span wings
Eyes fluttering like dove-wings
As you flit about with poise

There was an unknown smile in your laughter
When I asked your name
And you handed me a bunch of flowers

Tomorrow is the festival of the sacrifice
And you will smile over your warm glass of spiced milk
At your mother's favourite suitor invited for the day
While you think of the white youth whispering to you
As you crept into the warmth of his rancid flesh

What will you do, my Bahia
Of the Bo-Kaap to the Bonteheuwel:
Will you take your love
From the scraggy gardens of your neighbourhood
Or dream of mansions your fair skin would have earned you
Will you wife that unctuous Moor
To become more holy than his bloody wife
Or sell your love for a bottle o' booze on streetcorners
Smiling your tooth-gap smile

But surely age will teach you new ploys
To keep men seeking
That mystery within you


© farouk asvat

composed: 1980 [Cape Town, South Africa under apartheid].

[] Acknowledgements:

Flowergirl On The Parade /
Flowergirl Oppie Parrara was previously published in:

     The Time Of Our Lives (black thoughts publications, p66, 1982);
     A Celebration of Flames (Heller Fund, UC Berkeley, California, USA, p17, 1988);
     The Time Of Our Lives (piquant publications, p58, 2007);
     www.faroukasvat-poems.blogspot.com (12.02.2013);
     The Time Of Our Lives (kindle, 2014);
     The Time Of Our Lives (amazon paperback, p58, 2014).

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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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