Revolutionary Heritage

by Lehlohonolo Shale

Taking back my revolutionary heritage
The courageous heritage of Sharpeville
Langa
My June 16
My Fees must Fall

Don’t erase it like they did
My pennywhistle
Coming out of a painter’s shrapnel

Drawing from the well of those who foresaw
The detour/ the core
My Forefathers/Foremothers who signaled the danger
Summoned the spirit of Mbuya …

I need it now
For lurking under the rainbow, my rock paintings
Foretell
And illusions dispel

Because many years ago
The first invaders were held at bay
And the land stayed free
For a while

At least for a while
Their nefarious plans were held in their tracks
Yes, I have been wanting it back
My revolutionary heritage

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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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