Why is it always the women?

by AA Maree

When temperature drops
and fuel is needed for fire
why is it always the women
seen struggling up hills with logs on their heads
when unemployed men sit at stop streets
waiting for offers to fix roofs and paint sheds ?

When fighting breaks out
and punches are thrown and glass
bottles are broken over faces and heads
why is it always the women
who end up cleaning and weeping in
hospital waiting rooms fighting for beds ?

When walking home each day
whether its dark or its light
why is it always the women
who watch carefully , switching over
to the other side of the street not listening to music
while men amble home humming carelessly ?

When tragedy strikes
at home or abroad
why is it always the women
writing stories for those forgotten
while men just write of themselves
unaware that Eve’s apple has always been rotten.

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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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