Poems by Amel Tafsout:

 

Algeria (English)|(French) | Emptiness | Innerself-Higherself | Silence

Window | The Full Moon and The Wind In the Waves | Assia, Ma Douce Soeur

Chat Urbain| Route de Campagne

 

Additional poems can be found through these collections:

"Reflets de Miroir" & "Père"

Published in“Le Chant des Larmes”, Editions Lire Et Mediter, Le Cercle  des Amoureux de la Poésie,
 2010 – France. www.lecap-edition.fr

 

"Musique" & "Illusion"

 Poems published in Les Cygnes de l’Aube, Editions Lire Et Mediter, Collection L’Osmose, Le Cercle des Amoureux De La Poésie Et De L’Edition, 2011, France. www.lecap-edition.fr

 

A L G E R I E

 

ALGERIE

PAYS DE SOLEIL ET DE JASMIN

PAYS D’AMOUR ET DE PARFUM

QU’AS-TU FAIT DE TES ENFANTS?

 

ALGERIE

PAYS DE LUTTE ET D’ESPOIR

PAYS DE MUSIQUE ET DE GLOIRE

AS-TU OUBLIE LE PARDON?

 

ALGERIE

PAYS DE REVE ET DE BEAUTE

PAYS DE FETE ET DE GAITE

POURQUOI CE MAUVAIS SORT?

 

ALGERIE MASSACRE

NUITS BLANCHES ET DESARROI

POURQUOI CET ABANDON?

FATIGUE PEUR ANGOISSE

JUSQU’A QUAND CET ECOULEMENT DE SANG?

 

ALGER AU BLEU AZUR

ET AU BLANC LUMIERE

ISOLEE PAR UN INVISIBLE MUR

ET ETOUFFEE DANS SA PROPRE TERRE

 

COMMEMORATION DES MOUDJAHIDINE

D’OU VIENNENT CES DHABBAHINE?

PSYCHOSE FOLLE

HURLEMENTS HYSTERIE

BACHJARAH , BENI MESSOUS

BENTALHA , RELIZANE

ET BIENTOT TOUS?

 

PEUPLE ABANDONNE

PEUPLE BAFOUE

MAIN SECRETE, COUTEAU LAME

ENFANTS EGORGES

FEMMES EVENTREES

JE PLEURE VOTRE DESTINEE

 

FILLES VIOLEES

HOMMES DEPOSSEDES

FIERTE HUMILIEE

JE PRIE POUR VOTRE SERENITE

ET JE DANSE VOTRE LIBERTE

 

- Amel Tafsout - Londres, 1996-1999

 

Algérie ( & Translation: Algeria), published in North African Voices, Poetry International, Spring 2005, Oregon State University, Corvallis , OR

 

A L G E R I A

 

ALGERIA

LAND OF SUNSHINE AND JASMINE

LAND OF LOVE AND SCENTS

WHAT HAVE YOU DONE WITH YOUR OWN CHILDREN?

 

ALGERIA

LAND OF STRUGGLE AND HOPE

LAND OF MUSIC AND GLORY

HAVE YOU FORGOTTEN FORGIVENESS?

 

ALGERIA

LAND OF DREAMS AND BEAUTY

LAND OF HAPPY OCCASIONS AND JOY

WHY THIS TERRIBLE FATE ?

 

ALGERIA MASSACRE

SLEEPLESS NIGHTS AND CONFUSION

WHY THIS DESERTION?

WEARINESS, FEAR, ANXIETY

UNTIL WHEN THIS BLOODED OUTFLOW?

 

ALGIERS WITH ITS AZURE BLUE SKY

AND ITS WHITE LIGHT

ISOLATED BY AN INVISIBLE WALL

AND SUFFOCATING IN ITS OWN SOIL

 

COMMEMORATION OF THE MOUDJAHIDIN*

WHERE DO THEY COME FROM, THESE DHABBAHIN?**

PSYCHOSIS

HOWLING HYSTERIA

BACHJARAH, BENI MESSOUS

BENTALHA, RELIZANE ***

AND SOON EVERY ONE

 

FORSAKEN PEOPLE

MISTREATED NATION

SECRET HAND BLADED KNIVES

SLAUGHTERED CHILDREN

DISEMBOWLED WOMEN

I AM CRYING YOUR DESTINY

 

RAPED YOUNG GIRLS

DISPOSSESSED MEN

HUMILIATED PRIDE

I PRAY FOR YOUR SERENITY

AND I DANCE YOUR LIBERTY

 

• Translation: * Freedom fighters

• ** Slaughters

• *** Names of affected Algerian areas

Amel Tafsout London 1996 -1999

Transl. 2005-02-14

 

EMPTINESS

 

Here you are in the sunny country

In the land of the known friend

In the home of the trusted one

 

Far from the grey city

Far from the real life

Far from the new love

Far from Me

 

You reject what is most beautiful

What is really true

And escape in the Dream

Of the unsettled world

 

Here every day is harder

Every moment is heavier

Every minute is longer

 

Your absence is further than the stars

Your presence is everywhere

The streets are sad and empty

The city lost its soul and beauty

 

Where to find you?

Is that in the heavy clouds

Or in the rays of the sunshine?

You are gone with the southern wind

Taking my heart with you

And leaving instead a hole

Of solitude and emptiness

Of longing and distress

 

Missing you cannot be expressed in words anymore

Loving you reaches the pain

Unwanted longing love

Unfulfilled feelings

Please tell me what to do with you?

 

Amel Tafsout (London 23.3.2000)

 

 

INNERSELF-HIGHERSELF

 

Innerself, tell me

How to take care of you

Innerself tell me

How to guide you?

 

Higherself make me

Be aware of you

Higherself help me to

Communicate with you

 

Innerself tell me

How I can listen to you

Innerself tell me

How to follow you?

 

Higherself I lost my way

In deeper emotions et memories

Higherself dreams went away

In real deceptions and unreal glories

 

I am a woman running after shadows

A running woman looking for peace

I am a woman going with the flows

A beautiful river being at ease

 

I am a strong happy tree

Well rooted and majestuous

With green leaves dancing free

In the wind and being precious

 

Innerself help me

To know you

innerself help me

To contact you

 

Higherself I want to find my light

In the stars and the moon’shalo

I try to survive and fight

In order to come out of this worldly ghetto

 

My life had ups and downs

In a changeable normality

I lived in various towns

I never cared about formality

 

Loving people was a priority

I gave them all my energy

Looking for the true spirituality

I lost the contact to reality

 

I invested in a love relationship

and thought to be useful

I accepted even the hardship

but ended being the fool

 

Innerself have I only listened to you

I would have taken another journey

Higherself can I rely on you

To get some wisdom every day?

 

Amel TAFSOUT ( London ,Sund.25.June 2000)

 

S I L E N C E

 

Silence was my refuge

Silence was my pain

Silence was my language

Silence was my oxygene

 

Silence was my communication

Silence was my solitude

Silence was my protection

Silence was my gratitude

 

Silence was my escape

Silence was my energy

Silence was my handicap

Silence was my solidarity

 

Silence was my tears

Silence was my cover

Silence was my ears

Silence was my supper

 

Silence was in the wind

Silence was in the air

Silence was my deed

Silence was unfair

 

Silence is my awareness

Silence is my survival

Silence is my inner space

Silence is my revival

 

Silence is my path

Silence is my mystery

Silence is a healing bath

Silence is eternity

 

Silence will be my gift

Silence will be my trust

Silence will be my breath

Silence will be my harmony.

 

Amel TAFSOUT (London, 4th Nov.1999)

 

WINDOW

 

The window can reflect the inside

Like the light infiltrating the water

Contemplating it invites

To have a conversation with oneself

 

The window might get biger

it is then an opening to the innerspace

To the universal dance

Of eternity and freedom

 

The window could fed away

And joins the cloudy fogy reality

It reaches the unknown escape

Of uncontrollable blasphemy

 

The window is meant to have an opening

The door to the new experience

The gate to the Higher Self

The initiation to one’s realisation

 

The other day I passed by your window

I found it closed and even sealed

I wondered about your isolation

I was looking for a communication

 

I ask myself what happened?

I tried to find an answer in me

I tried to forgive and release you

I begged the Universe to help me

 

Feeling your rejection hurts me

Trying to forget you upsets me

Dealing with your silence exhausts me

Missing you stops my energy

 

I was so happy to be with you

I believed to find a truthful friend in you

So much respect I gave you

I oppened my heart to you

 

Talking to you was healing me

Sharing my thoughts with you helped me

Being hugged by you comforted me

Being rejected in silence is confusing me

 

Was it all a game?

Were these emotions a fiction?

Were those talks an empty discussion?

Who is to blame?

 

Amel TAFSOUT (London 8th July 2000)

 

 

THE FULL MOON AND THE WIND IN THE WAVES

 

On a full moon night

You appeared from nowhere

You saw me in a very bright light

And were happy I was there

 

I was struggling and only aware

Of the difficult emotional surrounding

And could not find somewhere

To relax and forget the arguing

 

But to me you were coming

You sad,to complement me

In order to see my wonderful dancing

Every where you will follow me

 

Your eyes were shining

I was struck by their lightning

I did not understand what was happening

I was grateful for this offering

 

Back to the dark country

Busy with my own life

I did not remember the chemistry

Of the blue full moon’s drive

 

Your name appeared out of the blue

Your music was in the air

The words coming from you

Your presence was somewhere

 

‘You are the wind in the waves’

You say:’ So far away you are

On the moon and even on Jupiter

It is very difficult sofar’

 

The waves without the wind

Cannot be alive

Mother Earth without the Sun

Will lose Life

 

On Mars even on Neptune you are

What’s about meeting on Mercury

In order to discuss who we really are

And get along in Harmony?

 

Amel TAFSOUT (1.10.99)

 

 

ASSIA , MA DOUCE SOEUR

 

Assia , ma douce soeur

Chanson d’Asie majeure

Et Reine de tous les cœurs

 

Ecoute le vent d’Afrique

Qui t’allege de tes souffrances

Et t’apporte parfums et danses

D’Andalousie , la magnifique

 

Ta lutte et ton courage donnent de l’espoir

Ta force vaincra tous les deboires

Pour beaucoup tu es Victoire

 

Ecoute le chant de la mer

Qui te berce loin de tes douleurs

Et t’amene tout l’Univers

Pour faire dispara ître tes peurs

 

Tu es Amour et Tendresse

Ton beau sourire illumine la Vie

Ta joie est une caresse

Pour ceux qui ont perdu toute envie.

 

Assia, ma douce sœur

Prends mes mains et viens danser

Laisse moi te guerir de ces calamites

T’emmener dans le monde du rire et de gaite1T’exprimer en toute simplicite

 

Je t’aime et tu es toujours dans mes pensees

 

Amel Tafsout

Paris, 2 juillet 2005

 

 

Chat Urbain

 

Blotti sur une marche d’escalier

Tu ne bouges pas

Le sang coule de tes yeux mi- fermés

Ton poil a perdu sa luminosité

Il y a bien longtemps que tu ne manges pas

 

Tu sembles souffrir en silence

La résignation est ta récompense

Tu attends…

Un regard, une tendresse

Un geste, une caresse

Un foyer, un peu d’amour

 

Depuis longtemps

Personne ne veut de toi

Aucun n’a le temps

Tous ont perdu la foi

 

Tu t’acharnes dans ta destinée

Tu bouffes la misère

Tu bois l’impureté

Et restes fidèle et fier

Dans ce monde de misère

 

Le ciel te couvre d’amour

Les étoiles te nourissent de lumière

Le vent te chante un air

Et tu te réjouis de ce jour

 

Chat urbain

Quelle est ta raison d’être?

Quel est ton message?

Pourquoi deviens-tu ton propre maître?

Dans cet univers sans visage?

 

Amel Tafsout (29 aout 2013)

 

 

 

Route de Campagne

 

Souvent le matin

Je vais dire bonjour à Dame Nature!

A son entrée je respire son air pur

Et corps et âme je m’abandonne à sa beauté

Elle m’enveloppe de son ciel azur

 

Elle m’offre

L’ombre de ses arbres échevellés

M’envoie les oiseaux comme compagnons

Qui m’invitent à écouter leurs chansons

Dont les airs viennent de l’éternité

 

Belle nature me surprend avec ses fleurs sauvages

Ses rochers aussi anciens que l’Univers

Menhirs, sites spirituels et sanctuaires

Commémorent les tribus de ce paysage

 

Mais qu’est-il arrivé à cette vue magnifique?

Pourquoi détruire cette riche végétation?

Comment ce changement devint si cynique?

Où sont les défenseurs de cet environnement?

 

Arbres asséchés, terre brûlée

Ruisseaux sans eau, bétail assoiffé

Que reste-t-il de la luminosité

De ce paysage si attristé?

 

Soleil californien

Collines dorées

Région si vénérée

Dont les hommes étaient pionniers

Dites-moi comment recréer le lien

Pour vous sauvegarder.

 

Amel Tafsout (28 aoûtt 2013)

 

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