Rest in peace: To N. Hlatswayo

by Dumisani Hlatswayo


Life is a heartbeat
a muscle
one body to carry sins
to ferry our running dreams
a bridge for many souls
my life
is not real without your life
you were a black berry
your skin looked sweet
your color was strong
your curves safe to speed up at night
always you kept secrets tight
in your sacred heart
life is not just trees, rivers and the blue sky
I always think of you
Rest in peace

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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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