Tuesday, October 22, 2013

STONES

STONES 
© Farouk Asvat


                          Fawn pebbles
                               shimmer
                          beneath
                      rippling streams

       A grey stone
                          gallops
                                    upon
                                           the muddy
                                                          Schoonspruit

These are fond memories of youth.

Now
Stones clank
Against armoured army trucks
Rocks dent
Soft-skinned police vans

Now these are the weapons
We exchange
For a bullet
Through the head




© farouk asvat


composed: 12.07.1986 [Alexandra Township, South Africa under apartheid]
                                      (after the declaration of the 3rd state of emergency: 11.06.1986)

            for Lionel Abrahams in Alexandra Township




[] Acknowledgements:

Stones was previously published in:

                The Wind Still Sings Sad Songs (piquant publications, p30, 2006).




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