Two poems by Amy Sibiya

Unconscious conscience


I take it ill that I misunderstood
Laughed childishly
Cried silently
Questioned unconsciously
Smiled generously
Shared kindly
I took pleasure in being trapped

Was it all an awakening of the neglected conscience?


Remind me

The cheap wine stains
Red lipstick remains
Weave strands
A few rands.

I forgot your name
Your funny English name
I remember your bright brown eyes
Eyes that tell no lies.

Why do you live in a suitcase?
Why do you pack all of your emotions?
It is worn out – your face
It’s showing all your commotions.

Gorgeous girl
Graceful girl
Smart girl
Hurting girl.

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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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