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Mmakgosi Ophadile Anita Tau

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16 days

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Sixteen days,
to fight these ways,
teach them crime never pays,
else we deal with these stains,
marks of generations of pains,
decades of drought and no rains,
for the cries of battered women curse these skies,
dark clouds gather and never release,
stuck with fruitless soils,
we all go hungry,
the woman’s cries has made earth angry,

now we have sixteen days,
to do away with these ways,
teach men that abuse never pays,
there is no glory if their hands have blood stains,
the land bears nothing because of these pains,
decades of drought and no rains,
for mothers made mourners curse these skies,
dark clouds gather and never release,
stuck with fruitless soils,
we all go hungry,
the woman’s cries has made earth angry,

sixteen days,
in three hundred and sixty five days,
to fight a battle with words and hope it pays,
sixteen days,
to build a man in the boy we raise,
to shower the respectful man with praise,
for the war is through words,
lessons learnt and spoken,
mending hearts once broken,
restoring the dignity once taken

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  1. She’s an amazing artist, I’m so happy that platforms like this one put her out there. Keep shining love.
    “there is no glory if their hands have blood stains,” Wow!
    Preach Sister!

    Tshepie

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Biography

Mmakgosi Ophadile Anita Tau was born in  1989 in Botswana.
Her first poem was published in 1999, for a school magazine. In 2007 she won a poetry competition at the Monash University, and after this triumph she was asked to help head the Poetry Association of Monash. This role helped her secure  many opportunities such as, her performance at the Women’s Day Celebrations.

During her time in South Africa she performed at open mics held in places like House of Nsako in Bree, Shivas in Newtown and in Johannesburg.

Mmakgosi was featured on the Word Of Mouth-Audio compilation, and she is a member of the Poets Circle Movement and MO Scripts.

MO Scripts is a group advocating for growth and awareness in Botswana literature. they
have four mobile applications published for Android, Symbian, Blackberry and Java enabled phones and they can be downloaded free of charge. To date, more than 250 000 people have downloaded their app. For more on the applications please check out Facebook page MO Scripts: https://www.facebook.com/pages/MO-Scripts/338887719546526?fref=ts

Mmakgosi Ophadile Anita Tau

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Biography

Mmakgosi Ophadile Anita Tau was born in  1989 in Botswana.
Her first poem was published in 1999, for a school magazine. In 2007 she won a poetry competition at the Monash University, and after this triumph she was asked to help head the Poetry Association of Monash. This role helped her secure  many opportunities such as, her performance at the Women’s Day Celebrations.

During her time in South Africa she performed at open mics held in places like House of Nsako in Bree, Shivas in Newtown and in Johannesburg.

Mmakgosi was featured on the Word Of Mouth-Audio compilation, and she is a member of the Poets Circle Movement and MO Scripts.

MO Scripts is a group advocating for growth and awareness in Botswana literature. they
have four mobile applications published for Android, Symbian, Blackberry and Java enabled phones and they can be downloaded free of charge. To date, more than 250 000 people have downloaded their app. For more on the applications please check out Facebook page MO Scripts: https://www.facebook.com/pages/MO-Scripts/338887719546526?fref=ts

Featured Poem:

16 days

Enlarge poem

Sixteen days,
to fight these ways,
teach them crime never pays,
else we deal with these stains,
marks of generations of pains,
decades of drought and no rains,
for the cries of battered women curse these skies,
dark clouds gather and never release,
stuck with fruitless soils,
we all go hungry,
the woman’s cries has made earth angry,

now we have sixteen days,
to do away with these ways,
teach men that abuse never pays,
there is no glory if their hands have blood stains,
the land bears nothing because of these pains,
decades of drought and no rains,
for mothers made mourners curse these skies,
dark clouds gather and never release,
stuck with fruitless soils,
we all go hungry,
the woman’s cries has made earth angry,

sixteen days,
in three hundred and sixty five days,
to fight a battle with words and hope it pays,
sixteen days,
to build a man in the boy we raise,
to shower the respectful man with praise,
for the war is through words,
lessons learnt and spoken,
mending hearts once broken,
restoring the dignity once taken

How does this featured poem make you feel?

  • Amazement (2)
  • Pride (0)
  • Optimism (0)
  • Anger (3)
  • Delight (0)
  • Inspiration (5)
  • Reflection (4)
  • Captivation (3)
  • Peace (1)
  • Amusement (0)
  • Sorrow (3)
  • Vigour (1)
  • Hope (1)
  • Sadness (4)
  • Fear (1)
  • Jubilation (0)

Comments

  1. She’s an amazing artist, I’m so happy that platforms like this one put her out there. Keep shining love.
    “there is no glory if their hands have blood stains,” Wow!
    Preach Sister!

    Tshepie

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