Keep it?

by Jacob Mawela

River flowing, love hidden deep inside,
Wise/unwise brains told a bulk of lies,
My heart astray, deceived with lies.
Keep it, I kept your limp.

Over rolling years I saw your golden wolfish heart,
Mouth starting to twist and turn,
Provoking to evoke that heart.
Keep it, I kept your limp.

Holy eyes like heaven, snake eyes like hell,
I’m flipping, tilting on the dusty surface;
I perceive the love, I perceive the loathing.
Keep it, I kept your limp.

You flew and landed on my soul, it cracked.
Alive with a cracked soul, Earth showed it’s tearing teeth,
Now I’m left to starve. I want death.
Keep it, I kept your limp.

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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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