Tuesday, July 29, 2014

THE GRAFFITTI / TATTOO mix

the GRAFFITI / TATTOO mix
© Farouk Asvat


          Come in
          Come in
          To the delights of life,
          My flen'.


[] GRAFFITTI


● BORN TO SUFFER!
     is tattoo'd on our broken walls
     graffiti'd on our broken bodies

● BORN TO STRUGGLE!
          is the neon sign of our lives
          confronting itself philosophically
          in scarred tattoos and broken graffiti
          on unwashed skins
          and unplastered walls

● BORN TO FIGHT!
     is the only weed
     that survives in our townships
          flaming red leaves like open wounds
          fiery brown stems like itchy rifles
          shiny black badges like proud scars
     miraculously growing
     in our famished gardens

     ● FREE MANDELA!
          > with every box of kellog's rice krispies

     ● THIS NELSON IS NOT A SEAGULL!
               > He's a jailbird
     >> he's an albatross around pw's neck

● BIKO LIVES!
     > shame they had to bury him

● ONE AZANIA!  ONE NATION!
          > one hamburger
               >> One Samoosa!

● BLACK POWER WASHES OUT STEYNS!

                                             > hanging
     ● NATIONAL DETAINEE'S ↑ DAY!

● FREEze ALL DETAINEES!

     ● TROOPS OUT!!!
          > okay okay, don't shout

● DIAL AK-47 FOR A REVOLUTION!

     ● ring AMANDLA AWETHU! for a good time!
               > phone me @ 4-2-4 or 3-2-3

                                                        > ERECTION!
● ONE MAN + ONE VOTE = ONE ELECTION!

     ● CONTRACEPTIVES SHOULD BE USED
          ON EVERY CONCEIVABLE OCCASION!

● DON'T WOMANIZE!
               > economize!
     >> CONDOMIZE
          >>> CONDO-mize, man!

● APARTAID'S 100% FATAL!

     ● BOTHA HAS AIDS!
          > Rajbansi
             >> & Hendrickse

● I HAVE HALF A MIND
     TO JOIN THE BROEDERBOND!
               > that's all you need!

                                          > one ballot
     ● ONE SETTLER! ONE BULLET!
                              >> one blanket
                    >>> one banquet

● GEORGIO ARMANI!
          > AWETHU!


     ● a headline you missed out on:
          DONALD DUCK FLIES TO LUSAKA
          TO MEET ANC
               SA Reality Review (01.06.1986)


[] GRAFFITiTTi


     ● dagga en poes
         ruined my beautiful life

  SHOWING SOON!
          amaDOOS
               starring p w botha

    COMING NEXT!
          amaDOOS TOO
     starring buthelezi, matanzima & mangope

● PICK A PRICK:
     Mandela ….. [x]
     De Klerk …. [x]
          thank you! thank you!

● Don't Worral
     > the lovely Heunis will provide


[] TATTOO'd ALL OVER


● YOU LOOKING AT ME?
          > is tattooed on my forehead

● IN
          > is tattooed on my right earlobe
● OUT
          > is tattooed on my left earlobe

● CUT ON DOTTED LINE - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
          > is tattooed around my neck

● DOGS OF WAR
          > is tattooed over my knuckles

● SLAVE CHAIN ooooooooooooooooooooooooooo
          > is tattooed around my ankles

● BORN TO SUFFER
          > is tattooed across my chest

● LOVE EVERYONE
   TRUST NO ONE
          > is tattooed across my heart

                              §



© farouk asvat


composed: 1985-1992 [Johannesburg & Cape Town, South Africa under apartheid]


[] Acknowledgements:

 

The Graffitti / Tattoo mix was previously published in:

                The Wind Still Sings Sad Songs (piquant publications, p46, 2006);

Graffititti was previously published in:

                Bra Frooks … (piquant publications, p38, 2006).


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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,
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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,
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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

THE PILGRIM

THE PILGRIM
© Farouk Asvat


Exile is a pilgrimage away.
And life
Whoring with death
Is a moment away

     Towers
     Syrup-coated in sunset
     Scintillate invitations
     To the neon night
     As chocolate leaves
     Dance in the august wind
     In the mecca of towers

     Where the prodigal pilgrim of the land
     Has found the destitute temple of his dreams
     The sanctuary of his nightmares


© farouk asvat

composed: 1985 [Johannesburg, South Africa under apartheid]

[] Acknowledgements:

The Pilgrim was previously published in:

     A Celebration Of Flames (donker, p25, 1987);
     De Pelgrim: Dutch translation by Irene Scheltes (1989);
     A Celebration Of Flames (piquant publications, p29, 2007);
     www.faroukasvat-poems.blogspot.com (22.07.2012);
     A Celebration Of Flames (kindle, 2014);
     A Celebration Of Flames (amazon paperback, p33, 2014).

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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,
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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 & nonprofit purposes,
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_______________________________________________________
DE PELGRIM

          Dutch translation by © Irene Scheltes


Ballingschap is een bedevaart ver
En het leven
Hoererend met de dood
Is een ogenblik ver

     Torens
     Met siroop bedekt bij zonsondergang
     Fonkelende verlokkingen
     Voor de neon nacht
     En bladeren van chocola
     Dansen in d'augustuswind
     In het mecca van torens

     Waar de verloren pelgrim van het land
     De armzalige tempel van zijn dromen vond
     Heiligdom van zijn nachtmerries

          Dutch translation by kind permission of © Irene Scheltes

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

WE CAN GO TO SLEEP NOW

WE CAN GO TO SLEEP NOW
     there is a darkness in here
© Farouk Asvat


We can go to sleep now.
There is a darkness in here.

There is nothing we can do
There is nothing we can say
Will change this house
Dancing with jubilation
Around the flaming walls
And collapsing roofs

We can go to sleep now.
There is a darkness in here.

There is nothing we can write
There is nothing we can say
Will change this house
Where children merrily burn along
To the rhythm of the revolution

We can go to sleep now.
There is a darkness in here.

There is nothing we can say
There is nothing we can do
Will change this land now
Where children chant in the streets:
     The revolution is just 'round the corner
     The second coming is here

We can go to sleep now.
There is a darkness in here.

There is nothing we can say
There is nothing we can write
Will change this land now
Because that is how
They liberate the country
Because that is how
They ruin the country

We can go to sleep now.
There is a darkness in here.




© farouk asvat


[] composed: 16.06.1995 [Johannesburg, South Africa under apartheid].


[] Acknowledgements:

We Can Go To Sleep Now : there is a darkness in here was previously published in:

                The Wind Still Sings Sad Songs (piquant publications, p113, 2006).


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is now available on amazon kindle @ only $2.50.
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is now available on amazon 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


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is now available on amazon kindle @ only $5.
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the anthology The Time Of Our Lives by Farouk Asvat
is now available on amazon kindle @ only $5.
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[][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][]
the anthology Bra Frooks … by Farouk Asvat
is now available on amazon kindle @ only $2.50.
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[][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][]
the anthology The Wind Still Sings Sad Songs by Farouk Asvat
is now available on amazon kindle @ only $5.
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            www.faroukasvat-poems.blogspot.com