In Die Museumhuis

by Lionel Murcott

 

Jy fok nie met ’n boeremeisie – veral nie
in die huis van haar oorlede grootouers nie.

Die vloere is gepoleer, die sitkamergemakstoele
is donker geelbruin en onsitbaar – waar
gaan dié twee lê? Kaal albei, haar bene
vas om sy heupe, arms om mekaar,
soek hulle na ‘n bed. Maar … stemme –
uit die ouers se huis langsaan: Wat gaan
hier aan? Hy los haar, skuil om die hoek
in die donkergemeubelde eetkamer – al moet sy
nou alleen voor haar ouers staan,
al is sy met haar broer beskuldig.

In die huis
van haar grootouers fok jy nie met ’n meisie.

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Myesha Jenkins – Tribute

Botsotso would like to pay homage to Myesha Jenkins, the poet and promoter of poetry who died on Saturday, 05 September 2020. Myesha was a founder member of Feelah Sistah, the all-woman poetry group that in its time made such an impact. Thereafter, she was indefatigable in organising and strengthening poetry platforms on radio and for live performance/readings. Myesha’s work was included in two Botsotso productions – the anthology Isis X and the recording Roots and Branches. Her spirit as a politically conscious, jazz-loving artist lives on and is well expressed in her seminal poem Autobiography which was included in both these projects.

Click here to read Autobiography, a poem by Myesha Jenkins.

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