Tuesday, March 4, 2014

ECHOES: from lamontville to prospecton ...

                from Lamontville to Prospecton and beyond
© Farouk Asvat

Those who thrive on us
Capture us
In pictures of despair:
            A landscape
            Of hungry children
            And motherless fathers
            Shamelessly drunk
            Around the cold dryness
            Of a peasant hut.

Among the cooing doves
Whispering mangroves
And the metallic twitter of insects,
Life is far away.

The waters are still,
                        quietly lapping
            against the dark shore;

And the turbulence of the townships
Hardly echo

© farouk asvat

composed: 28.11.1981 [Lamontville, South Africa under apartheid]
                  28.08.1982 [Isipingo Beach, South Africa under apartheid]

[] Acknowledgements:

Echoes: from Lamontville to Prospecton and beyond was previously published in:

                The Wind Still Sings Sad Songs (piquant publications, p85, 2006).

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