Tuesday, February 26, 2013

WITHERING UNDER THE AZALEAS


WITHERING UNDER THE AZALEAS  
© Farouk Asvat  

I wither under red azaleas
Yearning for your welcoming laughter
That echoes from the south,
Or even a touch
Of the harsh unyielding face
Of the khaki highveld.

Here, with the pink pride of India
Waving in the wind
And a million Indian mynahs
Dancing in the rain
Where the leather workers go about
Their stuporosed jobs,
I live a banished life
Stethoscoping alien bodies

I watch the azaleas wither
In the winter evening mist
Look at the distant white mandir
Against the avocado hill
The ominous black partridges
Looming like poverty on the green field.


© farouk asvat

composed: 1981 [Pietermaritzburg, South Africa under apartheid]

[] Acknowledgements:

Withering Under The Azaleas was previously published in:

     The Time Of Our Lives (black thoughts publications, p84, 1982);
     The Indicator (Caxton, Johannesburg, p26, 27-31.05.1986);
     Exiles Within (Writers' Forum, Cape Town, p4, 1985);
     A Celebration of Flames (Heller Fund, UC Berkeley, USA, p18, 1988);
     The Time Of Our Lives (piquant publications, p28, 2007);
     www.faroukasvat-poems.blogspot.com (26.02.2013);
     The Time Of Our Lives (kindle, 2014);
     The Time Of Our Lives (amazon paperback, p28, 2014).

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