Two poems by Nabeela Kajee


Let them not say we did not try
that morning we awoke to a new country
it was the inauguration of the day
the softest blossoms lined the streets
in the background dawn ushered in a new awakening
crisp breath sighed heavily on cold air
and in small drips the rain made its way
into the streets we had filled yesterday

the end and now a beginning –
could we be ready, young South Africa?


Eyes wide closed

In my quest for knowledge
Afoot a path of unmarked end
I opened my eyes

Searching above to find in the astrolabe
Of the universe, the patterns impressed in stars
That which I saw was
Only that which I was searching for.

So I closed my eyes, and saw it all anew.

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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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