© Farouk Asvat
Your poems are locked in my heart.Life itself seems to trap them there.
Walking the gauntletOf revolutionary songs
Scented bouquets came your way
Love song upon love song
Stabbing me in the liver.
How life would have beenA dance!
If only we knew
That lives within us.
But there are so many flowers between usIt could fill a cemetery.
And in the distance between usAnd the shimmering jewels of the universe
There are hardly any tears
I would appreciate on my grave.
So forget me nowFor it will take a death
To forget you.
Lost in loveYou sent your song
Upon the wind.
Lost in love
At the sound of farewell.
But even now,Every thought of you
Settles like rubble in the stomach
Lingers like an electric shock in the brain
Grows like an abscess bursting into the world
Because love remains:
Strange shadowsPlaying weird patterns
In an empty heart,
With not even a smile between us.
© farouk asvat
composed: 1980 - 1988 [Cape Town, South Africa under apartheid] [w]
Your Poems Are Locked In My Heart was previously published in:
The Wind Still Sings Sad Songs (piquant publications, p15, 2006).
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