Rain Pouring in my Eyes

by  Thandi Morweng

Rain pouring in my eyes
Reflecting my soul

Xenophobic attack while I was in my mother’s womb
Playing with her fallopean tube

She couldn’t rain like a wild animal

Me kicking like a ball in her stomach
It was my shelter, my provider

But the furious time came for me
I was born under a tree in the name of xenophobia

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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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