Tuesday, July 9, 2013

O THAT WE SHOULD TOLERATE THIS

O THAT WE SHOULD TOLERATE THIS 
© Farouk Asvat


Expelled from institutions of higher learning
Your expressions travelled in underground magazines
Exiled from your homeland
You were exploded into smithereens

O that we should tolerate this

A man slips down the stairs
The bruises do not correspond to the evidence
But nobody is to blame
Only a distant mountain cracks at his burial

O that we should tolerate this

A man falls from the tenth floor
And nobody is to blame
Only a mother's anguished face
Keeps staring, staring at us

O that we should tolerate this

Sixty-nine at Sharpeville
Eleven at Carletonville
So many shot at their will
And nobody is to blame

O that we should tolerate this
Again and again
And again




© farouk asvat


composed: 1976 [Johannesburg, South Africa under apartheid]




[] Acknowledgements:

O That We Should Tolerate This was previously published in:

                                (as: for Ongkopotse Tiro):

                Vuka (Crescent Publications, Durban, p4, 1981);
                Awa-Finnaba II (West Berlin, Germany, p2, March 1988); &
                The Time Of Our Lives (piquant publications, p35, 2007).




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