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Goodenough Mashego

Featured Poem:

Dikomelo Ka Pitseng

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legogo le gagarele mokolong wa poto
dikolo di fetogiye chinchiledi ya bomenimeni
ke moragelo ke diketo motsoba mankekisane
go dlunya ba manwana a matelele
gase morabaraba gase matube
monagano le machika gadi bereke
ke seema sa bosogana re se rema re sinyalele
ke ya sisimatsela ke llela teng bjalo ka nku ya mokgalabje
gapa lago lekaba o game yago kgomo

ke lapa la ditshele maila therisano
are sake le ba -dimitsana batswa ba-sepela
re bula musuta ka mollo wa badimo
ra rotetsa sebiki ka moroto wa ditlotlwane
bokokwane wago ba kwa serego se ba thesolla matheka
gagesu ditshele ke mokgolokwane re hlakela ge re bona bobete
mabadibadi ka mokolong ke mphaoahlogo wa bosogana
ke sefoka sago soma mosadi ka segoleng sa ditau
ke bonatla seaparankwe mogale re mmona ka mabadi

legogo le gagarele mokolong wa poto
skuurpoto ke manala seepa digwere
sefêpa lapa seraka phiri mtusi ba aga ka diphri
mosadi lesa monna a nabe ke selepe reya yadimana
ke makhonya matsomanosi bana ba ja ta mahura
ke ba mosekola baninakgwale le phuti bomphenyasilo
ge legogo le gagarele mokolong wa poto
ba chuba ntlo ba chaba noga ke bo ‘lover bo a fighter’
ke hwela sefapanong sago ke rwele dibe tsa morafo wa kamoka
ke hwa ke babwelwa ke lesole nnete ke modisi waka

Translation:

‘Dikomelo ka pitseng’ means ‘Sorghum in the pot”. The poem details a difficult situation that the poet is faced with and the ways in which he chooses to address it. The first line ‘Bogogo bo gagarele mokolong wa poto’, literally means ‘the crust is stuck at the bottom of the pot’. The poet uses the metaphor of scrubbing the crust stuck at the bottom of a pot to get the pot clean to illustrate that in order to successfully navigate through a difficult situation, some effort and diligence is required.

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How does this featured poem make you feel?

  • Amazement (7)
  • Pride (9)
  • Optimism (6)
  • Anger (5)
  • Delight (2)
  • Inspiration (6)
  • Reflection (5)
  • Captivation (2)
  • Peace (2)
  • Amusement (1)
  • Sorrow (4)
  • Vigour (2)
  • Hope (3)
  • Sadness (6)
  • Fear (4)
  • Jubilation (3)

Comments

  1. Inspired beyond the deepest corners my thoughts can ever reach my brain, my brother your a real son of the mapulana clan, you imbrance and inbody it from the deepest roots of your heart and you make me proud.. Ke tsona weru tsa mapulana struuu… Keep it up, we are all inspired.

    Cliford Ngobe
  2. Inspired. I spent 4 years at shatale during my high school days. I knew you as a rapper. Wa mpolaya ngwana mmane. Keep it up.

    johan
  3. Go gakwi go…. You make us proud,especially us mapulana. We gonna keep on supporting you no matter what. Take us to the mountains speak.

    Tebatso Tsikelele

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Biography

Goodenough Mashego is an editor, artist, publisher, journalist, published author (Journey with me and Taste of My Vomit) and a social commentator based in Bushbuckridge, Mpumalanga. His poetry has appeared in various anthologies such as Botsotso, Timbila, New Coin, Green Dragon, Fidelities and ten others. Mashego is a literary critic and publishes two arts and culture blogs, Kasiekulture and MSHINI WAM.

Bantu Letter is his first editorial project.

Goodenough Mashego

goodenough mashego
goodenough mashego

Biography

Goodenough Mashego is an editor, artist, publisher, journalist, published author (Journey with me and Taste of My Vomit) and a social commentator based in Bushbuckridge, Mpumalanga. His poetry has appeared in various anthologies such as Botsotso, Timbila, New Coin, Green Dragon, Fidelities and ten others. Mashego is a literary critic and publishes two arts and culture blogs, Kasiekulture and MSHINI WAM.

Bantu Letter is his first editorial project.

Featured Poem:

Dikomelo Ka Pitseng

Enlarge poem

legogo le gagarele mokolong wa poto
dikolo di fetogiye chinchiledi ya bomenimeni
ke moragelo ke diketo motsoba mankekisane
go dlunya ba manwana a matelele
gase morabaraba gase matube
monagano le machika gadi bereke
ke seema sa bosogana re se rema re sinyalele
ke ya sisimatsela ke llela teng bjalo ka nku ya mokgalabje
gapa lago lekaba o game yago kgomo

ke lapa la ditshele maila therisano
are sake le ba -dimitsana batswa ba-sepela
re bula musuta ka mollo wa badimo
ra rotetsa sebiki ka moroto wa ditlotlwane
bokokwane wago ba kwa serego se ba thesolla matheka
gagesu ditshele ke mokgolokwane re hlakela ge re bona bobete
mabadibadi ka mokolong ke mphaoahlogo wa bosogana
ke sefoka sago soma mosadi ka segoleng sa ditau
ke bonatla seaparankwe mogale re mmona ka mabadi

legogo le gagarele mokolong wa poto
skuurpoto ke manala seepa digwere
sefêpa lapa seraka phiri mtusi ba aga ka diphri
mosadi lesa monna a nabe ke selepe reya yadimana
ke makhonya matsomanosi bana ba ja ta mahura
ke ba mosekola baninakgwale le phuti bomphenyasilo
ge legogo le gagarele mokolong wa poto
ba chuba ntlo ba chaba noga ke bo ‘lover bo a fighter’
ke hwela sefapanong sago ke rwele dibe tsa morafo wa kamoka
ke hwa ke babwelwa ke lesole nnete ke modisi waka

Translation:

‘Dikomelo ka pitseng’ means ‘Sorghum in the pot”. The poem details a difficult situation that the poet is faced with and the ways in which he chooses to address it. The first line ‘Bogogo bo gagarele mokolong wa poto’, literally means ‘the crust is stuck at the bottom of the pot’. The poet uses the metaphor of scrubbing the crust stuck at the bottom of a pot to get the pot clean to illustrate that in order to successfully navigate through a difficult situation, some effort and diligence is required.

How does this featured poem make you feel?

  • Amazement (7)
  • Pride (9)
  • Optimism (6)
  • Anger (5)
  • Delight (2)
  • Inspiration (6)
  • Reflection (5)
  • Captivation (2)
  • Peace (2)
  • Amusement (1)
  • Sorrow (4)
  • Vigour (2)
  • Hope (3)
  • Sadness (6)
  • Fear (4)
  • Jubilation (3)

Comments

  1. Inspired beyond the deepest corners my thoughts can ever reach my brain, my brother your a real son of the mapulana clan, you imbrance and inbody it from the deepest roots of your heart and you make me proud.. Ke tsona weru tsa mapulana struuu… Keep it up, we are all inspired.

    Cliford Ngobe
  2. Inspired. I spent 4 years at shatale during my high school days. I knew you as a rapper. Wa mpolaya ngwana mmane. Keep it up.

    johan
  3. Go gakwi go…. You make us proud,especially us mapulana. We gonna keep on supporting you no matter what. Take us to the mountains speak.

    Tebatso Tsikelele

Your email address will not be published.