Tuesday, September 2, 2014

PART OF AFRICA

PART OF AFRICA
© Farouk Asvat


My mother wants me to look like a whiteman

Instead, I'm almost-coloured;
But I will pass for a coolie
Tho' I mix with the darkie boys from Soweto
An' dress like a wiseguy

Anyway, I never stay with whiteys




© farouk asvat


original composed: 1976 [Johannesburg, South Africa under apartheid];

english translation: # by farouk asvat: 2006. [South Africa under new apartheid].


[] Acknowledgements:


Part Of Africa was previously published in:

Part Of Africa: [english] #
Part Of Afrika: [slang] *

                The Time Of Our Lives (black thoughts publications, p47, 1982); *
                Wietie # 1 (Sable, Johannesburg, p8, 1980); *
                Botsotso # 12 (Botsotso, Johannesburg, p59, 2002); *
                Afrika’nın Gerçeği: Turkish translation by İlyas Tunç, (2010); `
                Bra Frooks … (piquant publications, p17, 2006); *
                The Time Of Our Lives (piquant publications, p68!!, 2007); #
                www.faroukasvat-poems.blogspot.com (17.04.2012); #
                www.faroukasvat-lingo.blogspot.com (17.04.2012);. *
                www.faroukasvat-poems.blogspot.com (02.09.2014); #
                Bra Frooks … (kindle, 2014); *
                Bra Frooks … (amazon book, p10, 2014); *
                The Time Of Our Lives (kindle, 2014); #
                The Time Of Our Lives (amazon book, p68, 2014). #


[][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][]
the anthology A Celebration Of Flames by Farouk Asvat
is now available on amazon: book @ only $10 & kindle @ only $5
[][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][]

[][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][]
the anthology The Time Of Our Lives by Farouk Asvat
is now available on amazon: book @ only $10 & kindle @ only $5
[][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][]

[][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][]
the anthology Bra Frooks … by Farouk Asvat
is now available on amazon: book @ only $10 & kindle @ only $5
[][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][]

[][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][]
the anthology The Wind Still Sings Sad Songs by Farouk Asvat
is now available on amazon: book @ only$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 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

weapons of words:
www.faroukasvat-viewpoint.blogspot.com

streetwise:
www.faroukasvat-lingo.blogspot.com

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


[] also link up on:

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goodreads author @ ¡poetry!:
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amazon kindle author @
http://www.amazon.com/s?ie=UTF8&page=1&rh=n%3A283155%2Cp_27%3AFarouk%20Asvat

____________________________________________________________
[] WIETIE WHAT-WHAT


PART OF AFRIKA
© Farouk Asvat



Kanti, ek is amper-boeshie.
Maar ek sal pass vir 'n koelie
Al blom ek met die darkie boys van Soweto
En kit soos 'n clevah.





© farouk asvat


original composed: 1976 [Johannesburg, South Africa under apartheid]


Bra Frooks is ...
                []  nes 'n skollie
                []  'n egte skollie
                []  'n tsotsi
                []  a real scamp
                []  streetwise
                []  the jokerman

Bra Frooks ...
                []  praat soos 'n skollie
                []  wietie soos 'n joster
                []  wietie what-what
                []  tunes like a durbanite
                []  speaks like an englishman

____________________________________________________________
[] AFRIKA’NIN GERÇEĞI

            Turkish translation by © İlyas Tunç


Beyaz adamlara benzememi istiyor annem

Aslında, renkliyim biraz;
Ama hamal sanacaklar beni
Sowetolu zenci çocuklardan ayrılsam
Bir çete üyesi gibi giyinsem bile

Neyse, hiç konuşmuyorum siyahların düşmanı beyaz bir adamla.


            Turkish translation by kind permission of İlyas Tunç


[][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][]
the anthology A Celebration Of Flames by Farouk Asvat
is now available on amazon: book @ only $10 & kindle @ only $5
[][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][]

[][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][]
the anthology The Time Of Our Lives by Farouk Asvat
is now available on amazon: book @ only $10 & kindle @ only $5
[][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][]

[][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][]
the anthology Bra Frooks … by Farouk Asvat
is now available on amazon: book @ only $10 & kindle @ only $5
[][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][]

[][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][]
the anthology The Wind Still Sings Sad Songs by Farouk Asvat
is now available on amazon: book @ only$10 & kindle @ only $5
[][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][]

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