Now we, too, ride in limousines

by Matthews Phosa


Now we, too, ride in official limousines.
And humbly get:
The ‘no’ people of the struggle have learned
’Yes’ habits swiftly and without explanation.

We have become part of the history we fought against.
We are the Establishment!
We created the most unequal society on earth.
Everything that happens in this country is a direct result of what we think,
how we behave and conduct ourselves and the attitudes we choose.

Where are the ones for whom we have been waiting?
Everyone has returned from exile and prison.
Nelson Mandela’s spirit was released more than 25 years ago.
None but ourselves can claim our place.
We are our own liberator.
We are our own oppressors.

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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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