Tuesday, December 25, 2012

DO NOT ASK FOREVER, LOVE

DO NOT ASK FOREVER, LOVE  
© Farouk Asvat  

Bombs falling in the evening
Rape screaming in the night
Bodies falling in the morning
Hunger creeping in the day
Fear arriving in the youngster
Fragrant paper waiting in the drawer
Queen-of-the-night wilting in the vase
Cold bullets waiting in my hand
Is all I have, my love


© farouk asvat

composed: 1976 [Johannesburg, South Africa under apartheid]

[] Acknowledgements:

     The Time Of Our Lives (black thoughts publications, p90, 1982);
     The Time Of Our Lives (piquant publications, p78, 2007);
     www.faroukasvat-poems.blogspot.com (25.12.2012);
     The Time Of Our Lives (kindle, 2014);
     The Time Of Our Lives (amazon paperback, p78, 2014).

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the anthology Bra Frooks … by Farouk Asvat
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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 @:





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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the NOVEL Sadness In The House Of Love by Farouk Asvat
is now available on amazon: paperback @ $15 & kindle @ only $5
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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

MOSAIC

MOSAIC 
© Farouk Asvat 


Here, in the city of towers
In the land of midnight statements
Among the bluegums and minedumps
Here, it is the silence of the jungle.


     ●
     I lean against cold marble pillars
     In the foyer of the magistrates' court
     While Vuyi waits for the verdict
     His solitary confinement mind
     Not taking in the jargon.


Here in the peninsula of the Khoi
Again, the seasons are out of touch:
Our lives are yesterday-today-tomorrows
That bloom in the spring that comes before winter.


     ●
     NhuNhu, unknown and unmourned,
     Took his life
     Tied it up in a shoestring
     Hung it from the prisonrail.


Our lives are not our own
Here in the land of the mielie farmer
For cattle are easily bound and slaughtered
Laughter and tears go unnoticed.


     ●
     I was not born with a switchblade in my hand;
     I had to learn the rhythm of the streets:
     Western is too fast with its guns,
     The whiteman too calculated with his dealings.


Apartheid has done its work.

Soweto, shrouded in smoke,
Raises its Black fists against the sky;
And I, somewhere inbetween,
Raise mine here in the city:
Half-defiant, half-angry.


     ●
     We live in interesting times.
     And in the nature of this curse
     We gallivant with death
     We make ancestors of young men
     We make heroes of dead men


Zanempilo, the bringer of health,
Is also the bringer of death.
Malusi's rolling laughter
And Biko's spirit lives here.


© farouk asvat

composed: 1976 [Johannesburg, South Africa under apartheid]

[] Acknowledgements:

Mosaic was previously published in:

     The Time Of Our Lives (black thoughts publications, p73, 1982);
     The Time Of Our Lives (piquant publications, p79, 2007);
     www.faroukasvat-poems.blogspot.com (18.12.2012);
     The Time Of Our Lives (kindle, 2014);
     The Time Of Our Lives (amazon paperback, p79, 2014).

[][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][]
the NOVEL Sadness In The House Of Love by Farouk Asvat
is now available on amazon: paperback @ $15 & kindle @ only $5
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[][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][]
the NOVEL The Gathering Of The Storm by Farouk Asvat
is now available on amazon: paperback @ $10 & kindle @ only $5
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[][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][]
the anthology I Dream In Long Sentences by Farouk Asvat
is now available on amazon: paperback @ $10 & kindle @ only $5
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[][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][]
the anthology The Wind Still Sings Sad Songs by Farouk Asvat
is now available on amazon: paperback @ $10 & kindle @ only $5
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is now available on amazon: paperback @ $10 & kindle @ only $5
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is now available on amazon: paperback @ $10 & kindle @ only $5
[][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][]

© 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: paperback @ $15 & kindle @ only $5
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#the time of our lives #mosaic



Tuesday, December 11, 2012

THE DARK SEA

THE DARK SEA  
© Farouk Asvat  

In the lounge
A deepak flutters
And incense burns
To the strange gods
Of my youth

In the backyard
Grey smoke, grey rain,
And orange flames
Devour nostalgia
In a bonfire of sentiments

The wind is wet.
In the melancholy of the shadows
The moist timber glistens
In the dark

In the first light of night
I lie down
Waiting for the first touch,
Anticipating:
A solitary star,
A world of whirling clouds

     The sea is dark
     And your eyes are darker still,
     Hiding everything.

          Looking over your shoulder,
          The sea glistens with moonlight
          Sand stings in the wind;
          Holding you,
          A world of whirling clouds,
          I remember worlds gone by,
          Loneliness and loves ended,
          A blossom of jacaranda
          Falling quietly in the breast.


© farouk asvat

composed: 1985 [Johannesburg, South Africa under apartheid]

[] Acknowledgements:

The Dark Sea was previously published in:

     A Celebration Of Flames, (donker, p40, 1987);
     A Celebration of Flames (Heller Fund, UC Berkeley, USA, p33, 1988);
     De Donkere Zee: Dutch translation by Irene Scheltes (1989);
     A Celebration Of Flames (piquant publications, p54, 2007);
     www.faroukasvat-poems.blogspot.com (11.12.2012);
     A Celebration Of Flames (kindle, 2014);
     A Celebration Of Flames (paperback, p54, 2014).

[][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][]
the NOVEL Sadness In The House Of Love by Farouk Asvat
is now available on amazon: paperback @ $15 & kindle @ only $5
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the NOVEL The Gathering Of The Storm by Farouk Asvat
is now available on amazon: paperback @ $10 & kindle @ only $5
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[][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][]
the anthology I Dream In Long Sentences by Farouk Asvat
is now available on amazon: paperback @ $10 & kindle @ only $5
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[][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][]
the anthology The Wind Still Sings Sad Songs by Farouk Asvat
is now available on amazon: paperback @ $10 & kindle @ only $5
[][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][]

[][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][]
the anthology A Celebration Of Flames by Farouk Asvat
is now available on amazon: paperback @ $10 & kindle @ only $5
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[][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][]
the anthology The Time Of Our Lives by Farouk Asvat
is now available on amazon: paperback @ $10 & kindle @ only $5
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[][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][]
the anthology Bra Frooks … by Farouk Asvat
is now available on amazon: paperback @ $7.50 & kindle @ only $5
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the SHORT STORIES The Paanies Are Coming by Farouk Asvat
is now available on amazon: paperback @ $10 & kindle @ only $5
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[][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][]
the collection of literary ESSAYS Weapons of Words by Farouk Asvat
is now available on amazon: paperback @ $10 & kindle @ only $5
[][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][]

© 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

_______________________________________________________
[] DE DONKERE ZEE  

     Dutch translation by © Irene Scheltes

Op het erf
Grijze rook, grijze regen,
En oranje vlammen
Nostalgie verterend
In een vreugdevuur van gevoelens

In de salon
Fladdert een deepak
En wierook brandt
Voor vreemde goden
Van mijn vriend

De wind is vochtig
In de melancholie der schaduwen
Glans t het natte hout

En ik lig
In het eerste licht van de nacht
Voor de eerste aanraking,
Vooruitziend,
Een eenzame ster
Een wereld van woelende wolken:

     De zee is donker
     En je ogen donkerder
     Alles verbergend

          Als ik over je heen kijk
          Glinstert de zee in het maanlicht,
          Zand striemt door de wind.
          Nu ik je vasthoud,
          Een wereld van werv'lende wolken,
          Ik herinner mij hoe werelden vergingen
          Eenzaamheid en vervlogen liefdes
          En een bloesem van de jaracanda
          Valt zacht jes in in mijn borst.

     Dutch translation by kind permission of © Irene Scheltes

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