Tuesday, June 18, 2013


© Farouk Asvat

Beating bongos
Bringing tidings
Of a shot son

Fluent flute
Moaning mother
Pleading with pitiless gods her pitiful state

Gentle guitar
Weeping father
Soothing in restrained anger

Vibrant vibes
Laughing children
Playing sadly in the sand

Lamenting flute rises defiant
Beats my heart to the beat of the bongo
Beating to battle

© farouk asvat

composed: 1973 [Johannesburg, South Africa under apartheid]

[] Acknowledgements:

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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