O Ikgethile Mogale

by Frans Baloyi

Ba fahlilwe , ke bo mahlo o mpontshang !
Batho ke bao ba maketše ke bo tsebe ke kwa eng
Ruri o kganya bjalo ka naledi bokamoso
Se ba fahlile sešomi sa atla tša bothakga
Batho bona o ba tlabile

O dirile semaka nageng ya gešo
O dirile semaka motseng wa gešo
Ya gago mešomo e kgahla bohle
Dirutegi nageng ka bophara , bo ramahlale , le bafsa ka moka
Go’a dungwadungwa ka wena

O bopilwe ka lefe letsopa?
O bopilwe ka lefe gobane o moswananoši , o ikgethile?
Ka nnete o filwe mpho ya go tšwa go yo Godimodimo
Raamatlaohle o go bopile a go tlatša ka dimpho
Dimpho tšeo o ka se amogego ke motho

Bohle ba bolela ka wena
Gohle go dumaduma la gago leina
Ke diyalemoyeng , dithelebišeneng le dikuranteng
Bao ba kwago ba re ke mang , o kae ?
Ba nyaka thušo , ba nyorilwe ba nyaka thuto

O kgonne bjang wena morwa Matsebane?
O bjetše efe peu gobane tša gago dienywa di duma ke bohle?
Nkadime le nna ke ye o lema a gešo mašemo
Ke phadimiše bokamoso bja thari nageng ya gešo
Bja gago bokamoso ke gauta bo duma le ke batšwa mošeamawatle

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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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