02 May 2016

I DREAM IN LONG SENTENCES

I DREAM IN LONG SENTENCES  
© Farouk Asvat  

I am a little sad
(As I always am):

I gave my love away
In the misdemeanors of youth,
I gave my life away.

In the clear light of night
The pain of life
Is worse than death,
Than torture even,
Sometimes.

Breaking stones together
In a foreign land
There is no desire
For possession
Only the need for affection

But serene or severe
The scene is set:
Fate has more to say about our lives
Than oppression.
And there is nothing that the stars
Or ideology
Can do to save us.

There is nowhere to go from here
But crawl into the silent pain of desires
Into the sad dance with words
Frolicking on my tongue
Tangoing in my skull

So I dream in long sentences
In short stories that unwind
In lines that weave around me
In oldfashioned cinematographic reels
In poems that descend from heaven
Or spiral up from the garbage
In sheets that wrap around you
And wild scenes I vaguely remember in the morning
In science fiction
And fabulous fables
In dubious love stories
And tedious epics
In unwritten sequences
And silent musicals
In charcoal sketches
That fill up
With watercolours

I dream about you


© farouk asvat

composed: [cape town & johannesburg, south africa under new apartheid]:
                  10.11.1990: I Dream In Long Sentences,
                  24.07.1992 (24h00): Breaking Stones Together,
                  19.02.1995: I Gave My Love Away
                  31.12.1996: final

[] Acknowledgements:

I Dream In Long Sentences was previously published in:

     Goodreads (usa, 11.11.2011, December 2011);
     www.faroukasvat-poems.blogspot.com (03.05.2016);
     I Dream In Long Sentences (kindle, 2015);
     I Dream In Long Sentences (amazon paperback, p77, 2015).
______________________________________________________________
[§] Books by Farouk Asvat:

Sadness In The House Of Love (novel)
The Gathering Of The Storm (novel)
I Dream In Long Sentences (poetry)
The Wind Still Sings Sad Songs (poetry)
A Celebration Of Flames (poetry)
The Time Of Our Lives (poetry)
Bra Frooks … (poetry)*
The Paanies Are Coming (short stories)*
In The House Of Love (novel)*
Weapons Of Words (comparative literature & literary criticism)

¨ all my books are now available on amazon: in paperback & kindle
______________________________________________________________
© 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 & nonprofit purposes,
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farouk asvat can be contacted at: farouk.asvat@gmail.com

[] please check out my blogs @:





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25 April 2016

O MARLÉNE!

O MARLÉNE!  
© Farouk Asvat  

     a free-wheeling song for Bob Dylan

O Marléne! your country is going to war;
and you are riding ponies
and jumping cowboys at rodeos.

O Marléne! you said
you never would do
what your pappa once did;

O Marléne! with all your learning,
you are only doing
what he once did.

And O Marléne! the new guy
looks very much like the old guy
with the moustache.

O Marléne! you are caught up in the web;
you have lost the knowledge
of the little girl you once had.

O Marléne! don't lie to me,
don't say there is nothing
you can do.

O Marléne! you keep saying
"I could join a group;
 but what can one little girl do?"

O Marléne! you know that's not true;
it only sounds like something
someone once said in Germany.

O Marléne! riding ponies in California,
why don't you go to war
against your country?

O Marléne! riding horses in Albuquerque,
why don't you go
to the one who loves you?


© farouk asvat

[] composed: saturday 15.02.2003 [cape town & jhb, south africa].
     INTERNATIONAL MARCH - from Cape Town to San Francisco -
     AGAINST USA, UK, French and their puppets' WAR AGAINST IRAQ.  
          (final: 16.12.2003).

[] Acknowledgements:

O Marléne! was previously published in:

     Goodreads (usa, 12.01.2012, February 2012).
     www.faroukasvat-poems.blogspot.com (26.04.2016);
     I Dream In Long Sentences (kindle, 2015);
     I Dream In Long Sentences (amazon paperback, p75, 2015).
______________________________________________________________
[§] Books by Farouk Asvat:

Sadness In The House Of Love (novel)
The Gathering Of The Storm (novel)
I Dream In Long Sentences (poetry)
The Wind Still Sings Sad Songs (poetry)
A Celebration Of Flames (poetry)
The Time Of Our Lives (poetry)
Bra Frooks … (poetry)*
The Paanies Are Coming (short stories)*
In The House Of Love (novel)*
Weapons Of Words (comparative literature & literary criticism)

¨ all my books are now available on amazon: in paperback & kindle
______________________________________________________________
© 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 & nonprofit 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 @:





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

[] also link up on:






amazon kindle author @ www.amazon.com/author/faroukasvat

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18 April 2016

IT WASN'T THAT YOU LOVED ME

IT WASN'T THAT YOU LOVED ME  
© Farouk Asvat  

It wasn't that you loved me:
It was just that you were piqued:

By my going away
To some calling
Not of my choice
Not to your liking

It wasn't that you loved me:
It was just you imagining
Being an erotic lover
Buoyant with sexual analysis

It wasn't that you loved me:
It was just that you were you
And I was I
In a country not our own

It wasn't that you loved me:
It was just you being vindictive
For me not being
Who you wanted me to be

It wasn't that you loved me:
It was just you being vindictive
For me leaving
For my unhappy destiny

It wasn't that you loved me:
It was just you being vindictive
For me not revealing my poems
Before they were ready to be delivered

It wasn't that you loved me:
It was just you being vindictive
For me not being who you wanted me to be
For me being who I was supposed to be

And now I am vindicated
By the absence of your love


© farouk asvat

composed: 05.05.2009 [johannesburg, south africa].

[] Acknowledgements:

It Wasn't That You Loved Me was previously published in:

     (Goodreads, usa, 17.10.2012, November 2012).
     www.faroukasvat-poems.blogspot.com (19.04.2016);
     I Dream In Long Sentences (kindle, 2015);
     I Dream In Long Sentences (amazon paperback, p73, 2015).
______________________________________________________________
[§] Books by Farouk Asvat:

Sadness In The House Of Love (novel)
The Gathering Of The Storm (novel)
I Dream In Long Sentences (poetry)
The Wind Still Sings Sad Songs (poetry)
A Celebration Of Flames (poetry)
The Time Of Our Lives (poetry)
Bra Frooks … (poetry)*
The Paanies Are Coming (short stories)*
In The House Of Love (novel)*
Weapons Of Words (comparative literature & literary criticism)

¨ all my books are now available on amazon: in paperback & kindle
______________________________________________________________
© 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 & nonprofit 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 @:





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

[] also link up on:






amazon kindle author @ www.amazon.com/author/faroukasvat

[][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][]
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11 April 2016

WHAT DOES IT MATTER NOW

WHAT DOES IT MATTER NOW  
© Farouk Asvat  

The heart explodes
Each time it passes by a thought of you

What does it matter now
That I love you so much
That dreams lie to me
That carnivals are so far away
That burns take so long to heal
That bones are so easy to break


© farouk asvat

composed: 17.04.1992 & 14.10.1993 [johannesburg, south africa].

[] Acknowledgements:

What Does It Matter Now was previously published in:

     wherepoetry24 (usa, 11.11.2011, December 2011);
     www.faroukasvat-poems.blogspot.com (12.04.2016);
     I Dream In Long Sentences (kindle, 2015);
     I Dream In Long Sentences (amazon paperback, p72, 2015).
______________________________________________________________
[§] Books by Farouk Asvat:

Sadness In The House Of Love (novel)
The Gathering Of The Storm (novel)
I Dream In Long Sentences (poetry)
The Wind Still Sings Sad Songs (poetry)
A Celebration Of Flames (poetry)
The Time Of Our Lives (poetry)
Bra Frooks … (poetry)*
The Paanies Are Coming (short stories)*
In The House Of Love (novel)*
Weapons Of Words (comparative literature & literary criticism)

¨ all my books are now available on amazon: in paperback & kindle
______________________________________________________________
© 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 & nonprofit 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 @:





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

[] also link up on:






amazon kindle author @ www.amazon.com/author/faroukasvat

[][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][]
the NOVEL Sadness In The House Of Love by Farouk Asvat
is now available on amazon: in paperback @ $15 & kindle @ only $5
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04 April 2016

COAST TO COAST ...

COAST TO COAST: new year's poem 
© Farouk Asvat 

Little birds fly in silhouette
Dirty oranges splash across the evening sky
Diamonds glitter on distant black hills
As the grey sea leisurely splashes
Against the rocks at my feet
Here at Club Mykonos
In the Cape of Good Hope

     It is time

          My thoughts sail
          In a little fishermen's boat
          Slowly disappearing over the horizon
          Across the oceans
          To a pier in San Francisco Bay
          Where a saddened smile greets me
          Every morning on a futon
          Linking the trauma of the past
          With the happiness of a love
          That is so far away


© farouk asvat

composed: 04.01.1994 [club mykonos, cape west coast, south africa].

[] Acknowledgements:

Coast To Coast was previously published in:

     Goodreads (usa, 17.05.2012, June 2012);
     www.faroukasvat-poems.blogspot.com (05.04.2016);
     I Dream In Long Sentences (kindle, 2015);
     I Dream In Long Sentences (amazon paperback, p71, 2015).

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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 & nonprofit 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




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

[] also link up on:


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