Tuesday, July 1, 2014

BUT NO!

BUT NO!
© Farouk Asvat


You would think
They would take fresh water from the spring
And blow holy prayers upon it.
But no!

You would think
They would sing to the white beasts
And lure them into the trap of the sirens.
But no!

You would think
Their wives would deny themselves drink
And bathe their children in prayer ponds.
But no!

You would think
They would flog themselves with thorny acacia
And sprinkle libations to their gods.
But no!

You would think
They would enter the minds of their enemies
And call upon the spirits of their ancestors.
But no!

You would think
Their men would indulge in fasting
And prepare themselves for their battle against tyranny.
But no!

You would think
Their entire beings would be focussed on justice
And the day they would thank their gods.
But no!

            But no!
            They show their enemy the way
            To keep themselves in chains
            They fornicate and masturbate
            In the alleys
            They razzle and dazzle
            In the shebeens
            They toyi-toyi and gumba
            In the streets

                        But no!
                        By the creatures of the natural world
                        And the spirits of the supernatural world
                        We will fight our fight again
                        We will sing our song again




© farouk asvat


[] composed: 31.05.1992 [Johannesburg, South Africa under apartheid].


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[] Acknowledgements:
 
But No! was previously published in:

                The Wind Still Sings Sad Songs (piquant publications, p116, 2006).



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