Spotlighting Pan-African Poetry

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Time Warp

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With blood streaming down our faces
teargas burning our eyes and
Thami half crawling behind,
we swore it would never happen in freedom
that democracy would give us rights
to march and protest, even with signs.

Then democracy came and we were citizens
we even wrote it into law
that people could hold rallies, and marches and protest.
When things were wrong, we would listen.
Were we childish dreamers?

Today at a community protest, the leader is killed on TV.
Police shoot down miners at Marikana, penned in like dogs.
Disagreements are met with bricks and faeces bombs.
We are citizens with freedom
but still there is no democracy.
And no one listens.

Myesha Jenkins

Featured Poem:

Stardust and Vibration

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We are from the stars
blazing bright
sent by our ancestors
to dance and sing and pray
in colour and words and sound
to bring on new Light

I’ve been to too many funerals
of brilliant artists, geniuses lost
it makes me crazy

We have been moving in old ways
in the ways of our enemies
I am asking us to be willing to change
To become new beings

End this competition and jealousy
to Share more
End this isolation and emptiness
and Hold each other more
End this fear and shame
and Speak the truth more
End this need for power and control
to Listen more
End this killing of our bodies and spirits and each other
Love more, love more

I want us to protect one another
Work together
Build together
Dream together

More than anything, I want us
To remember who we have been
what we have known
and who we truly are

To raise the vibration of the universe

We are the stuff of stars
sent from the heavens
the dust of our bones
is meant to form new galaxies
We belong to the Light, We are the Light

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Comments

  1. My kind of poetry… my kind of Wordsmith! Love you Sista Myesha… Love, Respect and Gratitude <3

    Zee
  2. Wonderful poem just what many people need to hear and embrace each other with love… keeps my heart at ease with so much going on in the world. “15 April 2015… DURBAN”

    PEARL NDLOVU

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Biography

Myesha Jenkins writes and performs poetry. Her second collection, Dreams of Flight, was launched in 2011 at UKZN’s prestigious, international festival, Poetry Africa, where she also performed. Her first collection, Breaking the surface was published by Timbila in 2005. Her work can also be found in We Are (Penguin, 2010) and Isis X (Botsotso, 2006). Myesha has been interviewed in the print media and on radio and TV.

For the last three years, she has produced Poetry in the Air to celebrate Women’s Month on SAfm. She also co-hosts the Jozi House of Poetry, a non-competitive, woman-friendly monthly poetry session.

In 2013 , Myesha won the Mbokodo Award for Women in the Arts in the Poetry category

She also runs writing workshops for women and girls, stimulating creativity and imagination. Myesha is currently co-editing South Africa’s first erotic poetry anthology. Also, a CD is in the pipeline.

Feminist, immigrant, activist, she generously shares her life, reflections and vision. She has been on stages with Napo Masheane, Lebo Mashile, Ntsiki Mazwai, Natalia Molebatsi, Gabeba Baderoon, Antonio Lyons, Phillippa DeVillers, Vonani Bila, Khosi Xaba and Khethi Ntshangase

She has lived and worked in Johannesburg since 1993 when she relocated from California.

(www.myeshajenkins.com)

Myesha Jenkins

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myesha_jenkins_south_africa

Biography

Myesha Jenkins writes and performs poetry. Her second collection, Dreams of Flight, was launched in 2011 at UKZN’s prestigious, international festival, Poetry Africa, where she also performed. Her first collection, Breaking the surface was published by Timbila in 2005. Her work can also be found in We Are (Penguin, 2010) and Isis X (Botsotso, 2006). Myesha has been interviewed in the print media and on radio and TV.

For the last three years, she has produced Poetry in the Air to celebrate Women’s Month on SAfm. She also co-hosts the Jozi House of Poetry, a non-competitive, woman-friendly monthly poetry session.

In 2013 , Myesha won the Mbokodo Award for Women in the Arts in the Poetry category

She also runs writing workshops for women and girls, stimulating creativity and imagination. Myesha is currently co-editing South Africa’s first erotic poetry anthology. Also, a CD is in the pipeline.

Feminist, immigrant, activist, she generously shares her life, reflections and vision. She has been on stages with Napo Masheane, Lebo Mashile, Ntsiki Mazwai, Natalia Molebatsi, Gabeba Baderoon, Antonio Lyons, Phillippa DeVillers, Vonani Bila, Khosi Xaba and Khethi Ntshangase

She has lived and worked in Johannesburg since 1993 when she relocated from California.

(www.myeshajenkins.com)

Time Warp

Enlarge poem

With blood streaming down our faces
teargas burning our eyes and
Thami half crawling behind,
we swore it would never happen in freedom
that democracy would give us rights
to march and protest, even with signs.

Then democracy came and we were citizens
we even wrote it into law
that people could hold rallies, and marches and protest.
When things were wrong, we would listen.
Were we childish dreamers?

Today at a community protest, the leader is killed on TV.
Police shoot down miners at Marikana, penned in like dogs.
Disagreements are met with bricks and faeces bombs.
We are citizens with freedom
but still there is no democracy.
And no one listens.

Featured Poem:

Stardust and Vibration

Enlarge poem

We are from the stars
blazing bright
sent by our ancestors
to dance and sing and pray
in colour and words and sound
to bring on new Light

I’ve been to too many funerals
of brilliant artists, geniuses lost
it makes me crazy

We have been moving in old ways
in the ways of our enemies
I am asking us to be willing to change
To become new beings

End this competition and jealousy
to Share more
End this isolation and emptiness
and Hold each other more
End this fear and shame
and Speak the truth more
End this need for power and control
to Listen more
End this killing of our bodies and spirits and each other
Love more, love more

I want us to protect one another
Work together
Build together
Dream together

More than anything, I want us
To remember who we have been
what we have known
and who we truly are

To raise the vibration of the universe

We are the stuff of stars
sent from the heavens
the dust of our bones
is meant to form new galaxies
We belong to the Light, We are the Light

How does this featured poem make you feel?

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

Time Warp

Enlarge poem

With blood streaming down our faces
teargas burning our eyes and
Thami half crawling behind,
we swore it would never happen in freedom
that democracy would give us rights
to march and protest, even with signs.

Then democracy came and we were citizens
we even wrote it into law
that people could hold rallies, and marches and protest.
When things were wrong, we would listen.
Were we childish dreamers?

Today at a community protest, the leader is killed on TV.
Police shoot down miners at Marikana, penned in like dogs.
Disagreements are met with bricks and faeces bombs.
We are citizens with freedom
but still there is no democracy.
And no one listens.

Comments

  1. My kind of poetry… my kind of Wordsmith! Love you Sista Myesha… Love, Respect and Gratitude <3

    Zee
  2. Wonderful poem just what many people need to hear and embrace each other with love… keeps my heart at ease with so much going on in the world. “15 April 2015… DURBAN”

    PEARL NDLOVU

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