Tuesday, February 25, 2014

SEWERS AND ORCHIDS

SEWERS AND ORCHIDS
© Farouk Asvat


Sea Point smells of barbecue
And rotting snoek;
The decrepit Cape Flats
Smells like an open sewer;
And you,
Orchid and bougainvillaea
Of Neptune's forsaken land,
Have nothing to offer me
But estee lauder and cordon bleu:
You surely belong to fashion magazines
And perfumed gardens -
Not to these rebellions in the street




© farouk asvat


composed: 10.04.1984 [Cape Town, South Africa under apartheid]




[] Acknowledgements:

Sewers And Orchids was previously published in:

                The Wind Still Sings Sad Songs (piquant publications, p84, 2006).




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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

FROM SOWETO TO ATHLONE

FROM SOWETO TO ATHLONE
© Farouk Asvat


Soweto comes too easy
To the carnival streets of Athlone.

The highveld fires
That scorched our consciousness
Are frozen
In stockpiles
Of blood-dripping bodies.

The charred contractured cadavers
Will burn again tonight:
Bonfire to ashes,
Lost in the songs of the South-Easter.

For once
The voluble Cape
Will be hushed




© farouk asvat


composed: 07.08.1980 [Athlone, Cape Town, South Africa under apartheid]




[] Acknowledgements:

From Soweto To Athlone was previously published in:

                The Wind Still Sings Sad Songs (piquant publications, p83, 2006).




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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

!KAROO SUNRISE

KA!ROO SUNRISE
© Farouk Asvat


The night
Unobtrusively gives way
To a sunrise
In popsicle colours
            Yellow suckers hanging on silent orangesticks
            Black boughs dressed in pink candy floss
            Ghostily floating upon a misty layer of granny's hair
            Lollipops dripping rosewater sherbet
            Spreading across the velvet sky
            Sprinkled with sugar crystals




© farouk asvat




composed: 27.07.1992 [!Karoo, South Africa under apartheid]




[] Acknowledgements:

Ka!roo Sunrise was previously published in:

                The Wind Still Sings Sad Songs (piquant publications, p82, 2006).




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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

ON THE STEPS OF UNISA

ON THE STEPS OF UNISA
© Farouk Asvat


The monumental rock of the Voortrekkers
Stands cold-eyed and immobile
Half-afraid
Like its descendents
Half-hidden
Behind the highveld hill

            On the placid grounds of the campus
            The hush-hush talk of the masters,
            Their arrogant steps out of tune
            With the servitude of the labourers,
            Is all that disturbs the peace
            Of this arid and beautiful land




© farouk asvat


composed: 31.03.1983 [Pretoria, South Africa under apartheid]




[] Acknowledgements:

On The Steps Of Unisa was previously published in:

                The Wind Still Sings Sad Songs (piquant publications, p80, 2006).




© 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,
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is liable to a payment of 10, 000 ren men bi or US$ 1,500.

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