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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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

EVERY DAY

EVERY DAY
© Farouk Asvat


Every day
a little more lager
Every day
a little more murder
Every day
a little more chance
Every day
a little more dance
Every day
a little more song
Every day
a little more wrong
Every day
a little more life
Every day
a little more death
Every day
is just another
ordinary
Every day




© farouk asvat


composed: 03.05.1993 [Johannesburg, South Africa under apartheid]




[] Acknowledgements:

Every Day was previously published in:

                The Wind Still Sings Sad Songs (piquant publications, p88, 2006).




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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

THE IMPERIAL GHETTO

THE IMPERIAL GHETTO
© Farouk Asvat


Muezzins cry
Into the humid grey maze of the city
Competing for clients,
Where shopkeepers blare Indian film hits
From Madressa Arcade:
Standing on the corner with me
A lonely man watches the world go by;
A hunchbacked midget ambles along
In a red shirt and yellow tie
Smiling the clever smile of the wise;
The naughty streetcorner kids
Take an eyeful of the nubile schoolgirl
Shyly hurrying home in her short uniform;
An unkempt fellow in dirty overalls
Says he loves the Indians
- of America -
An ironic glee in his eyes;
A dishevelled wench throws a casual kiss
Into the late afternoon air
To nobody in particular
Lazily walking along with her albino pimp,
Hiding a flick-knife under his lumberjacket
Heartily responding to the foul obscenities of logic
Gushing forth from the drunkard staggering by;
The smartly dressed troubadour singing
            Is this the life?
            Is this the ghetto
            We wish to preserve?




© farouk asvat


composed: 26.08.1982 [Grey St, Durban, South Africa under apartheid]




[] Acknowledgements:

The Imperial Ghetto was previously published in:

                The Wind Still Sings Sad Songs (piquant publications, p86, 2006).




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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

ECHOES: from lamontville to prospecton ...

ECHOES
                from Lamontville to Prospecton and beyond
© Farouk Asvat


Those who thrive on us
Capture us
In pictures of despair:
            A landscape
            Of hungry children
            And motherless fathers
            Shamelessly drunk
            Around the cold dryness
            Of a peasant hut.

Here
Among the cooing doves
Whispering mangroves
And the metallic twitter of insects,
Life is far away.

Here
The waters are still,
                        quietly lapping
            against the dark shore;

And the turbulence of the townships
Hardly echo




© farouk asvat


composed: 28.11.1981 [Lamontville, South Africa under apartheid]
                  28.08.1982 [Isipingo Beach, South Africa under apartheid]




[] Acknowledgements:

Echoes: from Lamontville to Prospecton and beyond was previously published in:

                The Wind Still Sings Sad Songs (piquant publications, p85, 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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