Tuesday, July 31, 2012

CERTIFICATES

CERTIFICATES  
© Farouk Asvat


First she got 'er matric certificate
Then she got 'er marriage certificate
Then she got the birth certificate
All in one year, Auntie,
She is certified an' all




© farouk asvat


[] composed 1990 [Johannesburg, South Africa under apartheid]




[] Acknowledgements:

Certificates was previously published in:

                The Wind Still Sings Sad Songs (piquant publications, p38, 2006).



____________________________________________________________
[] WIETIE WHAT-WHAT


Bra Frooks is ...
                                []  nes 'n skollie
                                []  'n egte skollie
                                []  'n tsotsi
                                []  a real scamp
                                []  streetwise
                                []  the jokerman

Bra Frooks ...
                                []  praat soos 'n skollie
                                []  wietie soos 'n joster
                                []  wietie what-what
                                []  tunes like a durbanite
                                []  speaks like an englishman




© 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 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 @:

faroukasvat-poems.blogspot.com/

WEAPONS OF WORDS
faroukasvat-viewpoint.blogspot.com/

streetwise
faroukasvat-lingo.blogspot.com/

piquantpublications.blogspot.com/


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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

TOWNSHIP GUITAR

TOWNSHIP GUITAR 
© Farouk Asvat


The township guitar keeps strumming
Strumming strumming
The migrant worker keeps thinking thinking
He keeps talk-talking
He keeps tell-telling me
About that honky-tonk woman
He keeps say-saying
He's just wait-waiting
For the rev-revolution




© farouk asvat


translated into english by farouk asvat: 2006 [Johannesburg, South Africa under new apartheid]



____________________________________________________________
[] WIETIE WHAT-WHAT


TOWNSHIP GUITAR  
© Farouk Asvat


The township guitar keeps strumming
Strumming strumming
The migrant worker keeps thinking thinking
He keeps talk-talking
He keeps tell-telling me
About that mlungu mfaz
He keeps say-saying
He's just wait-waiting
For the rev-revolution




© farouk asvat


original composed: 1985 [Johannesburg, South Africa under new apartheid]




[] GITAAR IN DE TOWNSHIP

            Dutch translation by © Irene Sheltes


De gitaar in de township blijft pingelen
Pingelen pingelen
De trekarbeider blijft denken denken
Blijft pra-praten
Blijft mij ver-vertellen
Over die mlungu mfaz
Blijft zeg-zeggen
Dat hij alleen maar wa-wacht
Op de rev-revolutie




[] Acknowledgements:

Township Guitar was previously published in:

                University Students Bursary Committee (University of Witwatersrand, p13, 1982);
                A Celebration Of Flames (donker, p14, 1987);
                Gitaar In De Township: Dutch translation by © Irene Sheltes (1989);
                A Celebration Of Flames (piquant publications, p15, 2007).



Bra Frooks is ...
                                []  nes 'n skollie
                                []  'n egte skollie
                                []  'n waare joster
                                []  'n tsotsi
                                []  a real scamp
                                []  streetwise
                                []  the jokerman

Bra Frooks ...
                                []  praat soos 'n skollie
                                []  wietie soos 'n joster
                                []  wietie what-what
                                []  tunes like a durbanite
                                []  speaks like an englishman




© 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 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 @:

faroukasvat-poems.blogspot.com/

faroukasvat-viewpoint.blogspot.com/

faroukasvat-lingo.blogspot.com/

piquant publications: BOOKS by FAROUK ASVAT
piquantpublications.blogspot.com/


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FAROUK ASVAT - Twitter [for the latest list of poems and essays published]


[] and see my new poems on:




Tuesday, July 17, 2012

I'M SUFFERING!

I'M SUFFERING!  
© Farouk Asvat  

But madam, I'm sah-fah-reeng!

You give me the latest washing machine
and the newest dishwater
and the latest vacuum cleaner
to clean your big house
with the best bleach I demand
and the fancy dishcloth I order
and the expensive polish I need
and the swivel mop I want
to make my work easy
while I talk to everybody I know
on my latest cellphone

But still I'm sah-fah-reeng! madam.
Because I still live in my shack
and I still eat my barbecue
and I still blow on my plastic horn
and I still watch the male soccer players
play like the female soccer players
on my brand new plasma tv
and the latest home entertainment system

But see-ree-youss-leee, madam,
Can't you see?
I'm saah-faah-riing.


© farouk asvat

* original composed: 08.08.2008 [Johannesburg, under new apartheid].
# english translation by farouk asvat: 2010 [South Africa under new apartheid].

[] Acknowledgements:

I'm Suffering! was previously unpublished in:

     Bra Frooks … (kindle, 2014); *
     Bra Frooks … (amazon paperback, p41, 2014); *
     www.faroukasvat-lingo.blogspot.com (17.07.2012). * #

[][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][]
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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[][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][]
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
[][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][]

[][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][]
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

_______________________________________________________  
[] WIETIE WHAT-WHAT

I'M SUFFERING!  
© Farouk Asvat  

But madam, I'm sah-fah-reeng!

You give me the latest washing machine
and the newest dishwater
and the latest vacuum cleaner
to clean your big house
with the best bleach I demand
and the fancy dishcloth I order
and the expensive polish I need
and the swivel mop I want
to make my work easy
while I talk to everybody I know
on my latest cellphone

But still I'm sah-fah-reeng! madam.
Because I still live in my pondokkie
and I still eat my chakalaka
and I still blow on my vuvuzela
and I still watch bafana-bafana
play like bafazi-bafazi
on my brand new plasma tv
and the latest home entertainment system

But see-ree-youss-leee, madam,
Can't you see?
I'm saah-faah-riing.


© farouk asvat

* original composed: 08.08.2008 [Johannesburg, under new apartheid].


Bra Frooks is ...
                    []  nes 'n skollie
                    []  'n egte skollie
                    []  'n tsotsi
                    []  a real scamp
                    []  streetwise
                    []  the jokerman

Bra Frooks ...
                    []  praat soos 'n skollie
                    []  wietie soos 'n joster
                    []  wietie what-what
                    []  tunes like a durbanite
                    []  speaks like an englishman

[][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][]
the NOVEL Sadness In The House Of Love by Farouk Asvat
is now available on amazon: paperback @ $15 & kindle @ only $5
[][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][]

#love #literature #fiction #novel #poetry #southafrica #apartheid #books #classics
#faroukasvat #weapons of words  #comparative literature #literary criticism
#bra frooks #i'm suffering  


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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

SAUVIGNON BLANC, SIR?

SAUVIGNON BLANC, SIR?  
© Farouk Asvat  

My comrade is drinking de sauvignon blanc
And my sister is drinking de sauvignon verde
And my brother is drinking de sauvignon rosé

It used to be
That de blanco drank de sauvignon blanc
It used to be
That de boss drank de sauvignon verde
It used to be
That de tyrant drank de sauvignon rosé

But now it is de noir
That is drinking de sauvignon blanc
But now it is de nouveau blanco
That is drinking de sauvignon verde
But now it is de comrade
That is drinking de sauvignon rosé

Drinking de blood of my brother

Son-of-a-bitch, Sir?


© farouk asvat

* original composed: 25.02.2009 @ 6.00am [Johannesburg, South Africa under new apartheid].
# english translation by farouk asvat: 2010 [Johannesburg, South Africa under new apartheid].

[] Acknowledgements:

Sauvignon Blanc, Sir?  was previously published in:

     www.faroukasvat-lingo.blogspot.com (10.07.2012); * #
     Bra Frooks … (kindle, 2014); *
     Bra Frooks … (amazon paperback, p40, 2014). *
     Botsotso 17 (Botsotso, Johannesburg, entry #17, 2016); # *

[][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][]
the NOVEL Sadness In The House Of Love by Farouk Asvat
is now available on amazon: paperback @ $15 & kindle @ only $5
[][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][]

[][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][]
the NOVEL The Gathering Of The Storm by Farouk Asvat
is now available on amazon: paperback @ $10 & kindle @ only $5
[][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][]

[][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][]
the anthology I Dream In Long Sentences by Farouk Asvat
is now available on amazon: paperback @ $10 & kindle @ only $5
[][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][]

[][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][]
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
[][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][]

[][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][]
the anthology The Time Of Our Lives by Farouk Asvat
is now available on amazon: paperback @ $10 & kindle @ only $5
[][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][]

[][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][]
the anthology Bra Frooks … by Farouk Asvat
is now available on amazon: paperback @ $7.50 & kindle @ only $5
[][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][]

[][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][]
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

_______________________________________________________  
[] WIETIE WHAT-WHAT:  

SAUVIGNON BLANC, SIR?  
© Farouk Asvat  

My comrade is drinking de sauvignon blanc
And my sister is drinking de sauvignon verde
And my brother is drinking de sauvignon rosé

It used to be
That de blanco drank de sauvignon blanc
It used to be
That de boss drank de sauvignon verde
It used to be
That de tyrant drank de sauvignon rosé

But now it is de noir
That is drinking de sauvignon blanc
But now it is de nouveau blanco
That is drinking de sauvignon verde
But now it is de comrade
That is drinking de sauvignon rosé

Drinking de blood of my brother

Sunaaganyo, Sir?


© farouk asvat

* original composed: 25.02.2009 @ 6.00am
[Johannesburg, South Africa under new apartheid].

Bra Frooks is ...
                    []  nes 'n skollie
                    []  'n egte skollie
                    []  'n tsotsi
                    []  a real scamp
                    []  streetwise
                    []  the jokerman

Bra Frooks ...
                    []  praat soos 'n skollie
                    []  wietie soos 'n joster
                    []  wietie what-what
                    []  tunes like a durbanite
                    []  speaks like an englishman

[][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][]
the NOVEL Sadness In The House Of Love by Farouk Asvat
is now available on amazon: paperback @ $15 & kindle @ only $5
[][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][][]

#love #literature #fiction #novel #poetry #southafrica #apartheid #books #classics
#faroukasvat #weapons of words  #comparative literature #literary criticism
#bra frooks #sauvignon blanc, sir?


          www.amazon.com/author/faroukasvat