This Season of Grieving

by John Carse

This season is breeding itself
becoming full
moving lugubriously
touching all who dare to linger
in its path
passing itself from one host to the next
leaving its ghosts
lying breathless in the streets
and among the unwashed sheets
of desperate decay
carelessly clumsily
moving through a world
without borders
without defense

This season of grieving
scatters bones
that no sangoma can read
it feeds on itself
in its wake it leaves
our stillborn tomorrows
the rotting smell of its breath
and all that is left
is to dig a million graves

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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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