Tuesday, November 19, 2013


© Farouk Asvat

The burgundy rose of my love burns
Into a festering wound
The bloodied roses of my revolution
Decay into dark bouquets of death:

            Weeds never wither
            They linger
            Like wreaths of despair
            Broken bones in winter

© farouk asvat

composed: 16.06.1986 [Alexandra, Johannesburg, South Africa under apartheid]

                        (10th commemoration of 16 June 1976).

            for Lionel Abrahams in Alexandra Township

[] Acknowledgements:

The Burgundy Rose was previously published in:

                The Wind Still Sings Sad Songs (piquant publications, p34, 2006).

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