Tuesday, January 29, 2013

AT SEA POINT

AT SEA POINT
© Farouk Asvat

Your eyes
Fired by the fires of Athlone
That fled the horrors of our Black September
Schooled in a shadowy foreign dormitory
Returned to sing
                           This land is my land
                           From the Limpopo to Robben Island
Eyes that knew the pain of separation, of exile
Became gentle with the strength of understanding
Calm in firm resolve.
Young, too young matured,
While your mothers' tongues wag childish chatter
Your big black white eyes
Remembered in me the hell of my life
Asked what pain do I know
Since your eyes are so quiet.
You blew seabreezes into my cobwebbed mind
Unveiled the lies to self-survival
Opened the wounds of my solitary struggles
Put fresh bougainvillaea into my emptied life:
Cerise, orange,
And green grenades not to forget.


© farouk asvat

composed: 1980 [Cape Town, South Africa under apartheid].

[] Acknowledgements:

At Sea Point was previously published in:

     The Time Of Our Lives (black thoughts publications, p63, 1982);
     The Star (Argus, Johannesburg, p32a, 19.11.1981);
     A Celebration of Flames (Heller Fund, UC Berkeley, California, p14, 1988);
     The Time Of Our Lives (piquant publications, p59, 2007);
     www.faroukasvat-poems.blogspot.com (29.01.2013);
     The Time Of Our Lives (kindle, 2014);
     The Time Of Our Lives (amazon paperback, p59, 2014).

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Sadness In The House Of Love: the first NOVEL by Farouk Asvat
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on amazon: paperback @ $10 & kindle @ only $5
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© farouk asvat.  All rights reserved.

Farouk Asvat asserts his moral right to be identified as the author of this work.

No part of this publication may be reproduced by any means whatsoever, or transmitted in any form or any means whatsoever, mechanical or electronic, including recording, printing, photocopying, or via any computerised means or media, including the internet.  This publication shall also not be stored in a retrieval system.  And the writing shall not be sold, lent, hired, resold or circulated in any form or binding or cover other than that in which it is published,
without the prior permission of the author in writing.

Permission to publish or reproduce the writings in any format can be obtained from the author.

Reproduction of this work without permission, except for scholarly & nonprofit purposes,
is liable to a payment of 10, 000 ren men bi or US$ 1,500.

farouk asvat can be contacted at: farouk.asvat@gmail.com


[] please check out my blogs @:

farouk asvat - poems: www.faroukasvat-poems.blogspot.com



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[] also link up on:





amazon kindle author @ www.amazon.com/author/faroukasvat

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Sadness In The House Of Love: the first NOVEL by Farouk Asvat
is now available on amazon: paperback @ $17.50 & kindle @ only $5
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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

PATIENCE

PATIENCE 
© Farouk Asvat


We wait on streetcorners
On sultry afternoons
And on cold evenings
Around the brazier
Talking our daily bread

Someplace sometime
A bomb goes off
Now and then
As we wait
For someone
To bring us green mangoes
Wrapped in old newspaper




© farouk asvat


composed: 1976 [Johannesburg, South Africa under apartheid]




[] Acknowledgements:

Patience was previously published in:

                The Time Of Our Lives (black thoughts publications, p89, 1982);
                The Time Of Our Lives (piquant publications, p77, 2007).




© farouk asvat.  All rights reserved.

Farouk Asvat asserts his moral right to be identified as the author of this work.

No part of this publication may be reproduced by any means whatsoever, or transmitted in any form or any means whatsoever, mechanical or electronic, including recording, printing, photocopying, or via any computerised means or media, including the internet.  This publication shall also not be stored in a retrieval system.  And the writing shall not be sold, lent, hired, resold or circulated in any form or binding or cover other than that in which it is published,
without the prior permission of the author in writing.
Permission to publish or reproduce the writings in any format can be obtained from the author.
Reproduction of this work without permission, except for scholarly purposes,
is liable to a payment of 10, 000 ren men bi or US$ 1,500.

farouk asvat can be contacted at:                                           farouk.asvat@gmail.com



[] please check out my blogs @:

faroukasvat-poems.blogspot.com/

faroukasvat-viewpoint.blogspot.com/

faroukasvat-lingo.blogspot.com/

piquantpublications.blogspot.com/


[] also see my profiles on:




FAROUK ASVAT - Twitter [for the latest list of poems & essays published]


[] and see my new poems on:

Farouk Asvat (Author of A Celebration Of Flames) - Goodreads

Farouk Asvat - Requiem Magazine

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

OUR LOVE KNEW NO FANFARE

OUR LOVE KNEW NO FANFARE
© Farouk Asvat

Our love knew no fanfare
Nor the exciting rhythms of romance
It came quiet
Like the dawn, gentle

Because you knew pain
You could know pain
Love like the day
On its unburdened course;

So when night descends
Your flames are soft and lingering:

     Today you will love me
     Wash away the acid in my chest
     Caress my heart to a steady rhythm
     Put my poetry to song

     Tomorrow you will not care
     If I writhe in gutters
     Lisping drunken philosophies
     Or write love-tinted poetry
     On rainy afternoons

     So I seek your lips
     Find the woman inside
     The marble-black virgin eyes,
     Knowing you will leave
     Another hint of sorrow in my laughter.


© farouk asvat

composed: 1976 [Johannesburg, South Africa under apartheid]

[] Acknowledgements:

Our Love Knew No Fanfare was previously published in:

     The Time Of Our Lives (black thoughts publications, p60 & p61, 1982);
          (initially as part of: songs of love songs of pain):
     The Time Of Our Lives (piquant publications, p60, 2007);
     www.faroukasvat-poems.blogspot.com (15.01.2013);
     The Time Of Our Lives (kindle, 2014);
     The Time Of Our Lives (amazon paperback, p60, 2014).

[][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][]
Sadness In The House Of Love: the first NOVEL by Farouk Asvat
is now available on amazon: paperback @ $17.50 & kindle @ only $5
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the anthology The Wind Still Sings Sad Songs by Farouk Asvat
is now available on amazon: paperback @ $10 & kindle @ only $5
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[][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][]
the anthology A Celebration Of Flames by Farouk Asvat
is now available on amazon: paperback @ $10 & kindle @ only $5
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the anthology The Time Of Our Lives by Farouk Asvat
is now available on amazon: paperback @ $10 & kindle @ only $5
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the anthology Bra Frooks … by Farouk Asvat is now available
on amazon: paperback @ $10 & kindle @ only $5
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© farouk asvat.  All rights reserved.

Farouk Asvat asserts his moral right to be identified as the author of this work.

No part of this publication may be reproduced by any means whatsoever, or transmitted in any form or any means whatsoever, mechanical or electronic, including recording, printing, photocopying, or via any computerised means or media, including the internet.  This publication shall also not be stored in a retrieval system.  And the writing shall not be sold, lent, hired, resold or circulated in any form or binding or cover other than that in which it is published,
without the prior permission of the author in writing.

Permission to publish or reproduce the writings in any format can be obtained from the author.

Reproduction of this work without permission, except for scholarly & nonprofit purposes,
is liable to a payment of 10, 000 ren men bi or US$ 1,500.

farouk asvat can be contacted at: farouk.asvat@gmail.com


[] please check out my blogs @:

farouk asvat - poems: www.faroukasvat-poems.blogspot.com



books by farouk asvat: www.faroukasvat-books.blogspot.com

[] also link up on:





amazon kindle author @ www.amazon.com/author/faroukasvat

[][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][]
Sadness In The House Of Love: the first NOVEL by Farouk Asvat
is now available on amazon: paperback @ $17.50 & kindle @ only $5
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Tuesday, January 8, 2013

FIETAS

FIETAS 
© Farouk Asvat

            "Fietas ma miethas"



I was vibrant
With the variety of my lives

Until you came along
Drilling holes into my skull
Smashing windows
Crunching ribs and sternum
Heaping the convolutions
To a desolate landscape.

Here, what's left
Quivers to the cry of the muezzin




© farouk asvat


composed: 1980 [Johannesburg, South Africa under apartheid]


"Fietas ma miethas": means: "sweetness in Fietas" -
                                                that is how the people said it




[] Acknowledgements:

Fietas was previously published in:

                The Time Of Our Lives (black thoughts publications, p71, 1982);
                The Indicator (Caxton, Johannesburg, p11, 11.06.1985);
                Muslim News (Cape Town, p15, 23.08.1985);
                The Time Of Our Lives (piquant publications, p76, 2007).




© farouk asvat.  All rights reserved.

Farouk Asvat asserts his moral right to be identified as the author of this work.

No part of this publication may be reproduced by any means whatsoever, or transmitted in any form or any means whatsoever, mechanical or electronic, including recording, printing, photocopying, or via any computerised means or media, including the internet.  This publication shall also not be stored in a retrieval system.  And the writing shall not be sold, lent, hired, resold or circulated in any form or binding or cover other than that in which it is published,
without the prior permission of the author in writing.
Permission to publish or reproduce the writings in any format can be obtained from the author.
Reproduction of this work without permission, except for scholarly purposes,
is liable to a payment of 10, 000 ren men bi or US$ 1,500.

farouk asvat can be contacted at:                                           farouk.asvat@gmail.com



[] please check out my blogs @:

faroukasvat-poems.blogspot.com/

faroukasvat-viewpoint.blogspot.com/

faroukasvat-lingo.blogspot.com/

piquantpublications.blogspot.com/


[] also see my profiles on:




FAROUK ASVAT - Twitter [for the latest list of poems & essays published]


[] and see my new poems on:

Farouk Asvat (Author of A Celebration Of Flames) - Goodreads

Farouk Asvat - Requiem Magazine

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

I WANT YOU

I WANT YOU 
© Farouk Asvat  

I gaze into aquamarine eyes
Seas rushing forward
          playfully
     withdrawing

As I count eternities
In every passing second
My tongue knotted in the knowledge
That your eyes dance to another tune
That my rhythm is silence.

     I left everything
     Left what bits of certainty I had
     Travelled south
     To the cape of good hope
     To seek exile in your kingdom.

But you sniffed it too:
Scent for hound-dogs in my love-sweat

But still, I sought refuge in your soft breasts
Found them hard
Rocks of my native land.

     Those that make you love them best
     Make you turn most against yourself:

     Maybe I did not acquire the astuteness of your youth
     Maybe I lost the wisdom of our forefathers
     Or maybe I've gained the rhythm of the new world

     But last night was the first three tears I shed
     In so many years;
     It was the first night without you


© farouk asvat

composed: 1980 [Cape Town, South Africa under apartheid].

[] Acknowledgements:

I Want You was previously published in:

     The Time Of Our Lives (black thoughts publications, p67, 1982);
     The Time Of Our Lives (piquant publications, p63, 2007);
     www.faroukasvat-poems.blogspot.com (01.01.2013);
     The Time Of Our Lives (kindle, 2014);
     The Time Of Our Lives (amazon paperback, p63, 2014).

[][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][]
the NOVEL Sadness In The House Of Love by Farouk Asvat
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the anthology The Wind Still Sings Sad Songs by Farouk Asvat
is now available on amazon: paperback @ $10 & kindle @ only $5
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[][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][]
the anthology A Celebration Of Flames by Farouk Asvat
is now available on amazon: paperback @ $10 & kindle @ only $5
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[][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][]
the anthology The Time Of Our Lives by Farouk Asvat
is now available on amazon: paperback @ $10 & kindle @ only $5
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[][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][]
the anthology Bra Frooks … by Farouk Asvat
is now available on amazon: paperback @ $7.50 & kindle @ only $5
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© farouk asvat.  All rights reserved.

Farouk Asvat asserts his moral right to be identified as the author of this work.
No part of this publication may be reproduced by any means whatsoever, or transmitted in any form or any means whatsoever, mechanical or electronic, including recording, printing, photocopying, or via any computerised means or media, including the internet.  This publication shall also not be stored in a retrieval system.  And the writing shall not be sold, lent, hired, resold or circulated in any form or binding or cover other than that in which it is published,
without the prior permission of the author in writing.
Permission to publish or reproduce the writings in any format can be obtained from the author.
Reproduction of this work without permission, except for scholarly & nonprofit purposes,
is liable to a payment of 10, 000 ren men bi or US$ 1,500.

farouk asvat can be contacted at: farouk.asvat@gmail.com

[] please check out my blogs @:





books by farouk asvat: www.faroukasvat-books.blogspot.com

[] also link up on:






amazon kindle author @ www.amazon.com/author/faroukasvat

[][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][]
the NOVEL Sadness In The House Of Love by Farouk Asvat
is now available on amazon: paperback @ $15 & kindle @ only $5
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