Two poems by Llaka Tshesane

But you keep taking

I’ve sat under a tree for its shade
Eaten its fruits and given my water
Hidden from the sun’s heat
We gave out our bodies’ excretions
But you keep taking

From the meaning of the bend on my finger
To the heart I no longer wear up my sleeve
We are cold in their shade
It is clear they share and care better
These trees that know not how to feel

Cheating is a verb

To have a man driven by skirts
To have his zip controlled
But not by you

He fathers many fatherless
But who wants to be a mistake from a deliberate act
Or one of the many thrown in the basket?

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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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