Tuesday, March 25, 2014

EVERY NIGHT

EVERY NIGHT
© Farouk Asvat


Every night
I make sure
The windows are closed
The doors locked

Every night
I make sure
Against these thugs
Of the night

Every night
I make sure
The burglarproofing is sturdy
The bolt and chain secure

Every night
I make sure
Against these prowlers
Of the night

Every night
I make sure
The double-catch is on
The safety-lock in its place

Every night
I make sure
Against these men lurking
In the night

Every night
I make sure
A flick-knife by my side
A knobkierie by the door

Every night
I make sure
One eye is open
On the verge
Of sleep and awake
On the verge
Of life and death

Every night
I make sure
I protect myself
Against the anger
Of The Spoilers

Every night
I make sure
I protect myself
Against the wrath
Of the Security Police

Every night
I make sure
I protect myself
Against the indignation
Of the New Guys on the block




© farouk asvat


composed: 19.06.1983 [Johannesburg, South Africa under apartheid]




[] Acknowledgements:

Every Night was previously published in:

                The Wind Still Sings Sad Songs (piquant publications, p89, 2006).




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