I remember how anxious you were
to be free
of the placenta
kicking and pushing
trying to expand your world
and always when I settled down for a rest
as if urging me
to get up and rock you
with the motions of my daily routine
you loved your father even then
lulled by the sound of his voice
you'd grow quiet
as he ever so gently
stroked my bulging tummy and you
then we'd both drift off to sleep
Curtain of night
pinned with stars
crickets serenading a dancing breeze
Water wafting wilfully
on slime-smoothed stones
singing songs of appease
A lilting song
picking pirouetting petals
from fragrant frangipani trees
quietly redolent of the Highest Call
Enamoured Soul on its knees!
Cape Town 1990
I rode the train to work today,
my first day on the job.
Friends offered to kindly show me,
a quick way to get to town.
"Nie man! Kom hier!"
they said, grabbing me by the wrist.
"You can't go there!"
they said, pointing to a sign that read:
"Whites Only / Slegs Blankes"!
So they pulled me away, from the pristine
to the broken down
I rode the church to work today,
the Pastor dancing up and down the isle.
The congregation packed liked sardines,
on torn seats, others holding fast
from falling out open doors,
while we clickety clacked along...
The people smiled and applauded,
as his words whistled through missing teeth.
But more than that, he made us forget,
the degradation of our skin!
SEE GALLERY FOR MORE POEMS + PICS
18 August 2018
at Brindhavan's 40th
26 October 2018
10:30 AM - 2:00 PM
Victoria Country Club
(Cancer Fundraising Event)
on 13 November 2018
in The South African House of Parliament
''A whipping tongue scathingly lashes
a false sense of power
failing to reflect that a tongue portrays
the character of its possessor!"
Whiplash From Lost in a Quatrain
poem of the day
14 January 2019
Pre Natal from Lost in a Quatrain
nominated Poem of the Day
8 February 2019 20h30
"90 MINUTES WITH FAROOK KHAN"
Radio Al Ansaar
coined a phrase
13 February 2019
People have often questioned me
about the title of my book:
Lost in a Quatrain
happens to be the title
of a poem in the book
that explores the thoughts
that reading a good quatrain
of poetry may trigger.
So, to be Lost in a Quatrain
is the state of being
deep in thought, contemplative
GUEST OF HONOUR
Sunday 3 March 2019
Saturday 4 May 2019
18h30 DJC Function Room
Zee TV Miss India South Africa
(A memorable birthday)
My new poem "a scent on a breeze"
is included in the renaissance anthology
published by Nightingale and Sparrow
in Pennsylvania, USA
Launched on 1 June 2019
Another milestone sees the poem
"Cape Town 1990"
from Lost is a Quatrain being included in the historic South African Apartheid anthology
'Twenty-Five Years of Freedom
6 June 2019
"REDOLENT" is a finalist in a poetry contest and included in the Nature Anthology
by Rui M Publishing
27 April 2019
"As You Perceive"
is translated into Turkish by Turkish poet and Atlihan Hotel chain owner, Hanifi Kaplan
Approached by the editor of of SUFI magazine, a monthly publication in Bangladesh, to have my poetry translated into Bangla and published.
"As You Perceive" appears in the August issue
POEM CONTEST WINNER
As You Perceive wins
Poetry in my Mind Poem Contest
As the winner, I had to choose the topic for the next contest and chose
to shed added light on the plight of the planet.
How Long ? is a poem about global warming, oceans at risk, deforestation and the desire for peace on our planet
6 - 8 September 2019
9am - 5 pm
Royal Show Grounds H8 - 31
Poetry in the Garden
20-27 October 2019
In a collaboration with over 20 authors from around the world, Lost in a Quatrain was part of a
Mega Book Giveaway
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