Tuesday, August 13, 2013


© Farouk Asvat

Your poems are locked in my heart.
Life itself seems to trap them there.

Walking the gauntlet
Of revolutionary songs
Scented bouquets came your way
Love song upon love song
Stabbing me in the liver.

            How life would have been
            A dance!
            If only we knew
            The blood
            That lives within us.

But there are so many flowers between us
It could fill a cemetery.

And in the distance between us
And the shimmering jewels of the universe
There are hardly any tears
I would appreciate on my grave.

                        So forget me now
                        For it will take a death
                        To forget you.

                        Lost in love
                        You sent your song
                        Upon the wind.
                        Lost in love
                        I cried
                        At the sound of farewell.

But even now,
Every thought of you
Settles like rubble in the stomach
Lingers like an electric shock in the brain
Grows like an abscess bursting into the world

Because love remains:

            Strange shadows
            Playing weird patterns
            In an empty heart,
            With not even a smile between us.

© farouk asvat

composed: 1980 - 1988 [Cape Town, South Africa under apartheid] [w]

[] Acknowledgements:

Your Poems Are Locked In My Heart was previously published in:

                The Wind Still Sings Sad Songs (piquant publications, p15, 2006).

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