© Farouk Asvat
Beating bongosBringing tidings
Of a shot son
Fluent fluteMoaning mother
Pleading with pitiless gods her pitiful state
Gentle guitarWeeping father
Soothing in restrained anger
Vibrant vibesLaughing children
Playing sadly in the sand
Lamenting flute rises defiantBeats my heart to the beat of the bongo
Beating to battle
© farouk asvat
composed: 1973 [Johannesburg, South Africa under apartheid]
Beating Bongos was previously published in:
The Time Of Our Lives (black thoughts publications, p18, 1982);The Star (Argus, p32a, 19.11.1981);
The Time Of Our Lives (piquant publications, p38, 2007).
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