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Early morning thoughts by Shabbir Banoobhai

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Shabbir Banoobhai is one of the reputed poet and a major contributor to the Southern African Literature Movement.
To me he is Shabbir Bhai whose poetry I had the privilege to publish in ‘A Hudson View’.
He remains my all time favourite.

every word which speaks loudly for us
also stands as a silent witness against us

everything that does justice to some aspect of what we are
retains its integrity by simultaneously revealing what we lack

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sometimes

in order to close a door
we would like to close

we have to open the door
we would like to close

Pencil sketch by Amitabh Mitra

 

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  • <a href="http://ingridwolfaardt.book.co.za" rel="nofollow">Ingrid</a>
    Ingrid
    August 10th, 2009 @12:31 #
     
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    oh so true!

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  • <a href="http://poetsprintery.book.co.za" rel="nofollow">Amitabh</a>
    Amitabh
    August 10th, 2009 @12:58 #
     
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    Thanks to Shabbir Bhai

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  • <a href="http://helenmoffett.book.co.za" rel="nofollow">Helen</a>
    Helen
    August 10th, 2009 @16:03 #
     
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    Lovely, and for those who know wise Shabbir, he is undergoing bypass surgery tomorrow, so please send him your thoughts and prayers. Ingrid, I have many, many books of his poems -- will let you have a few! Amitabh, that's a lovely sketch, but you need to do another one of him laughing!

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  • <a href="http://poetsprintery.book.co.za" rel="nofollow">Amitabh</a>
    Amitabh
    August 10th, 2009 @17:01 #
     
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    Next time, I am at Cape Town, I wish to do that while having 'chai' with him.

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  • <a href="http://poetsprintery.book.co.za" rel="nofollow">Amitabh</a>
    Amitabh
    August 21st, 2009 @13:06 #
     
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    Shabbirbhai is back home after the major surgery
    He is recovering
    I have advised him bed rest.

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