Tuesday, February 18, 2014


© Farouk Asvat

Soweto comes too easy
To the carnival streets of Athlone.

The highveld fires
That scorched our consciousness
Are frozen
In stockpiles
Of blood-dripping bodies.

The charred contractured cadavers
Will burn again tonight:
Bonfire to ashes,
Lost in the songs of the South-Easter.

For once
The voluble Cape
Will be hushed

© farouk asvat

composed: 07.08.1980 [Athlone, Cape Town, South Africa under apartheid]

[] Acknowledgements:

From Soweto To Athlone was previously published in:

                The Wind Still Sings Sad Songs (piquant publications, p83, 2006).

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