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We kings and Queens

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Were kings and Queens with broken seams
and broken dreams
for it seems we are lost
losing the human race
at a blazing pace
unable to find our way out of this maze
amazed only to find…..
gore Modimo le Badimo bare huraletse
ba re lebetse
That’s why re ritibetse

Fallen stars with bear footed cracked feet
and hearts that bleed
we plant a seed that is driven by greed
creating a need to exist
holding on so long the days roll on…..

cause see some die
and we dare not ask the question why
pouring out sweats of pain we create a drain in the universe
with our silent reverse of shame

For we verbalize, materialize and diarize our pain by giving birth to it
cutting the umbilical cord and watching out tears fall
like rivers from the skies
overshadowing our cries
of unrooted ties

Unconscious of our own roots
WE eat from our own womb
A tomb that shallows our souls whole

Gonne bare rotse serwalo
Bare tsotse ditshwalo
E bile bare pateletsa ditsabo

For we are Kings and Queens
Who fail to flip the page
Let go of the rage
Set ablaze the stage

We are Kings and Queens who remain crowned and drowned
In our own egos
For I, YOU, WE don’t know who we be
YET, WE ARE KINGS AND QUEENS.

Tshegofatso Sebitloane

Featured Poem:

I Am

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I am a writer and speaker of words
For sometimes, just sometimes I spit a rhyme over the rhythmic ticking of time
And I let….
My voice resound and sound like the sounds of our sirens
That screams of our silent screams of distant dreams

Ke motswana sekgantswana sa mmala o motswana
Mphe maleme a sekete ka one ke tlerole
Ke tsose lerole
Nthwese serwalo sa poko mme sa bodidi o se nthole
Gonne, baba mponang ka setswano bare ke tswana le moswi rre po
Mme baba nkitsing bare ke bodipa jaaka ka yone poo
O tla intshwarela
Ka gore
ke mohurutshi
Mo ana tshwening
Mo tshwening o kgatla
O makopo
O senosi se mengwe
Ke ikokobeditse
Ke ritibetse
Like trees that grow beside quite waters
Ke segofaditswe ke MAIKUTLO

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  • Peace (5)
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  • Sorrow (1)
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  • Hope (9)
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Biography

Tshegofatso Sebitloane better known as “Maikutlo” is a singer, writer and poet from the capital city of the North West in Mafikeng. Poetry and word expression has been and is still a large part of her life. Maikutlo started exploring her passion for poetry and word expression six years ago through the talent development and nurturing programme called Expressions under Lyv Promotions created by Tolamoetlile Kgobokoe aimed at nurturing up and coming artists from all art disciplines. This platform launched her artistic career.

WORKS TO DATE
* In 2007 she worked on Nite of Words – Blood Love which was a Poetry Showcase which went to Grahamstown Arts Festival and later showcased in Mmabana theatre in Mafikeng. The production directed by Modise Ngwato had fresh dose of poetry, comprising of music and writing skills.
* 2008- North west finalist in the Lentswe Poetry Competition
* 2009- featured in Molemi’s Motzamai- Rebel without a pause album under lyv Records track 10 titled Maikutlo A re www.lyv.co.za
* 2010- Performed at the 30th celebration of the North West University Gala dinner with special guests like the Rector Professor Dan Kgwadi and the Alumni of the University from previous years.
* 2011-Took part in the Africa Celebration on the Mmabana Park hosted by the Rastafarian Movement in Mafikeng
* Part of a stage theatre play held in the North West University directed by Kgafela oa Magogodi
* 30 October 2011- Featured in show by Botswana Folklore Artist- Ntirelang Berman hosted at the Mmabana theatre
* 2011- Performed at the Cheese and Wine event hosted by the North West FM radio station
* 4 December 2011- took part as one of the performers in the Art resolve weekend sharing the stage with live performances by Molemi, Quincy K, Kgafela oa Magogodi and Marabele, Mpho ya Badimo former radio presenter of the reggae Show- Moribo wa Raggae.
* 2011- Seta year Closing Gala dinner booked by The Department of Sports Arts and Culture in Mooifoniten
* 13 February 2011- performed at Public Internet Access and Visual impaired library launch- dsac in- Mmabana Taung grounds
* Currently holds the position of vice chairperson of a poetry Group based in the North West University Campus by the name of 5th Groove.

Tshegofatso Sebitloane

Biography

Tshegofatso Sebitloane better known as “Maikutlo” is a singer, writer and poet from the capital city of the North West in Mafikeng. Poetry and word expression has been and is still a large part of her life. Maikutlo started exploring her passion for poetry and word expression six years ago through the talent development and nurturing programme called Expressions under Lyv Promotions created by Tolamoetlile Kgobokoe aimed at nurturing up and coming artists from all art disciplines. This platform launched her artistic career.

WORKS TO DATE
* In 2007 she worked on Nite of Words – Blood Love which was a Poetry Showcase which went to Grahamstown Arts Festival and later showcased in Mmabana theatre in Mafikeng. The production directed by Modise Ngwato had fresh dose of poetry, comprising of music and writing skills.
* 2008- North west finalist in the Lentswe Poetry Competition
* 2009- featured in Molemi’s Motzamai- Rebel without a pause album under lyv Records track 10 titled Maikutlo A re www.lyv.co.za
* 2010- Performed at the 30th celebration of the North West University Gala dinner with special guests like the Rector Professor Dan Kgwadi and the Alumni of the University from previous years.
* 2011-Took part in the Africa Celebration on the Mmabana Park hosted by the Rastafarian Movement in Mafikeng
* Part of a stage theatre play held in the North West University directed by Kgafela oa Magogodi
* 30 October 2011- Featured in show by Botswana Folklore Artist- Ntirelang Berman hosted at the Mmabana theatre
* 2011- Performed at the Cheese and Wine event hosted by the North West FM radio station
* 4 December 2011- took part as one of the performers in the Art resolve weekend sharing the stage with live performances by Molemi, Quincy K, Kgafela oa Magogodi and Marabele, Mpho ya Badimo former radio presenter of the reggae Show- Moribo wa Raggae.
* 2011- Seta year Closing Gala dinner booked by The Department of Sports Arts and Culture in Mooifoniten
* 13 February 2011- performed at Public Internet Access and Visual impaired library launch- dsac in- Mmabana Taung grounds
* Currently holds the position of vice chairperson of a poetry Group based in the North West University Campus by the name of 5th Groove.

We kings and Queens

Enlarge poem

Were kings and Queens with broken seams
and broken dreams
for it seems we are lost
losing the human race
at a blazing pace
unable to find our way out of this maze
amazed only to find…..
gore Modimo le Badimo bare huraletse
ba re lebetse
That’s why re ritibetse

Fallen stars with bear footed cracked feet
and hearts that bleed
we plant a seed that is driven by greed
creating a need to exist
holding on so long the days roll on…..

cause see some die
and we dare not ask the question why
pouring out sweats of pain we create a drain in the universe
with our silent reverse of shame

For we verbalize, materialize and diarize our pain by giving birth to it
cutting the umbilical cord and watching out tears fall
like rivers from the skies
overshadowing our cries
of unrooted ties

Unconscious of our own roots
WE eat from our own womb
A tomb that shallows our souls whole

Gonne bare rotse serwalo
Bare tsotse ditshwalo
E bile bare pateletsa ditsabo

For we are Kings and Queens
Who fail to flip the page
Let go of the rage
Set ablaze the stage

We are Kings and Queens who remain crowned and drowned
In our own egos
For I, YOU, WE don’t know who we be
YET, WE ARE KINGS AND QUEENS.

Featured Poem:

I Am

Enlarge poem

I am a writer and speaker of words
For sometimes, just sometimes I spit a rhyme over the rhythmic ticking of time
And I let….
My voice resound and sound like the sounds of our sirens
That screams of our silent screams of distant dreams

Ke motswana sekgantswana sa mmala o motswana
Mphe maleme a sekete ka one ke tlerole
Ke tsose lerole
Nthwese serwalo sa poko mme sa bodidi o se nthole
Gonne, baba mponang ka setswano bare ke tswana le moswi rre po
Mme baba nkitsing bare ke bodipa jaaka ka yone poo
O tla intshwarela
Ka gore
ke mohurutshi
Mo ana tshwening
Mo tshwening o kgatla
O makopo
O senosi se mengwe
Ke ikokobeditse
Ke ritibetse
Like trees that grow beside quite waters
Ke segofaditswe ke MAIKUTLO

How does this featured poem make you feel?

  • Amazement (4)
  • Pride (17)
  • Optimism (4)
  • Anger (2)
  • Delight (1)
  • Inspiration (5)
  • Reflection (4)
  • Captivation (2)
  • Peace (5)
  • Amusement (0)
  • Sorrow (1)
  • Vigour (1)
  • Hope (9)
  • Sadness (0)
  • Fear (0)
  • Jubilation (1)

We kings and Queens

Enlarge poem

Were kings and Queens with broken seams
and broken dreams
for it seems we are lost
losing the human race
at a blazing pace
unable to find our way out of this maze
amazed only to find…..
gore Modimo le Badimo bare huraletse
ba re lebetse
That’s why re ritibetse

Fallen stars with bear footed cracked feet
and hearts that bleed
we plant a seed that is driven by greed
creating a need to exist
holding on so long the days roll on…..

cause see some die
and we dare not ask the question why
pouring out sweats of pain we create a drain in the universe
with our silent reverse of shame

For we verbalize, materialize and diarize our pain by giving birth to it
cutting the umbilical cord and watching out tears fall
like rivers from the skies
overshadowing our cries
of unrooted ties

Unconscious of our own roots
WE eat from our own womb
A tomb that shallows our souls whole

Gonne bare rotse serwalo
Bare tsotse ditshwalo
E bile bare pateletsa ditsabo

For we are Kings and Queens
Who fail to flip the page
Let go of the rage
Set ablaze the stage

We are Kings and Queens who remain crowned and drowned
In our own egos
For I, YOU, WE don’t know who we be
YET, WE ARE KINGS AND QUEENS.

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