“Literature is the creative imagination expressed through both written and spoken word.As a poet and an author I strongly believe that literature is an open boundary to express our feelings with much more freedom and a formula to connect the mind, spiritual being, the inner self, the physical being and the outside world.Through literature our pens grounding and word of mouth speak for us.It is very important as literature pen grounds and spoken words to voice out for the voiceless, be advocates, unearth and preserve literature from grassroots level. poetry is educational, therapeutic and recreational” Mighty Ntshwambi.
A MOUNTAIN FULL OF SCARS
Many years of deprivation and devastation
Surrounded by pain, fear and despair
Hopes and wishes vanished
Bound in chains in my own closet
Thinking positives no more
Surrounded by bloodshed in any way you may think of
Oceans, lakes, deltas, rivers, dams full of my endless tears gushing out
and flowing like a stream from my eyes
and yet still carried a mountain full of scars
But God why me? Many times I asked.
But then who would I wish it be besides, I frequently asked myself
Because even Jerry the brutal monster my Lord I don’t wish him any pain
My lips uttered no negatives all the years
Living a comfortable but untruthful life just to confuse the world
Inside me anger and bitterness rapidly deteriorating
My angry finger pointed at everyone
And guess what Jerry who stole my happiness for decades
was just everyone around
I lost trust in every human creature
And now I’m making new friends
My beloved singing birds, buzzing insects and chanting oceans around
Allow my heart to be filled with gratitude
Allow me to remember the magnificence of me
Unfold these chains so I can spread my wings and fly away
Far away from this mountain full of scars
I say no to Gender Based Violence!
THIS POEM IS DEDICATED TO VICTIMS AND SURVIVORS OF GENDER BASED VIOLENCE!
A DARK CLOUD HOVERS OVER SUDAN
Volcanoes have erupted
Hurricanes have swapped away big dreams of the Sudanese
Rivers flood endless tears
Blood sheds painted their beautiful Sudan red
Young souls transformed into brutal monsters who massacre without pity
Women and girls heartlessly made to easily lose their God given treasures
All hearts bled in sorrow
African Ancestors left mother earth
Looking back for freedom, peace and stability
Long live Sudan!
In a land filled with natural blessings
Berries, roots and treasures blossomed the atmosphere
All landed on the hands of selfish scavengers
Like selfish hyenas scrambled and never thought of tomorrow
In a land echoing gigantic voices of dictators
Diamond cartels and gold diggers
who never cared when hundreds and thousands
died and suffered from famine
Streets penetrated with gunfire, panic, whips and chaos
War devils who led with spears and arrows
Dictators with dark coated hearts
who smeared their horrific faces with tons and tons of oil and yet still remained shrunk
Long live Sudan!
Lord exalt my horn as I speak freedom
Distract my enemies as I speak nothing but truth
Today I instruct you all to stop pointing fingers at the white coats
As you must know you have brought poverty to your own people
Sudan has been transformed into racks by your own sharp dusty hands
And you go on enjoying bread and butter with your families when magnitudes of your
own blood continue to sleep with roaring empty stomachs
Your illiterate minds over controlled you shamefully
Where are the diamonds that once sparkled Sudanese motherland if one may ask?
The minerals that fertilized your mother land?
Long live Sudan!
It’s heartbreaking to think of a black coat exchanging feasts with same blood
Our African Ancestors have taught us that the best solution of confrontations is through negotiations
How did you miss this one?
Please allow the innocent souls to taste the sweetness sugar of freedom for the first time ever
It’s time for Sudan’s north and south poles to meet without any friction
Hence allow the prettiest flag to have meaning after decades of years
The blue, yellow and green colors to take over their descriptions,’’The Nile, the Desert and Agriculture
Long live Sudan!
Composed by Gorata Mighty Ntshwabi T/A Poko Boswa!-Botswana
20 September 2019
Performed at the 6th Sotambe Film Festival-Zambia Kitwe-21-29
The 6th Sotambe film and documentary festival is one of the most creative art industry that promote literature in both written and oral.
This is a great platform whereby artists from southern Africa network, build relations and bench mark from one another .
I take it that through this kind of festival mentorship, skills development, job creation is established most importantly for the youth.
It is very critical to note that I sincerely appreciate the fact that the festival does not have close boundaries for other art genres such as poetry and music.
I therefore kindly request that the linkage between all the art genres be recognized as just a poem can create a song, a film, dance and a creative visual image.
- Gorata Mighty Ntshwabi is a Botswana citizen, registered poetess here in as Poko Boswa Poetry my Heritage, Living Arts specialising in both traditional and contemporary poetry both oral and written
- She is an author of an English poetry book ‘Exploring the Roots Poetry my Heritage, Living Arts self-published in 2016
- Gorata holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in social sciences with majors in Pociology and psychology from Central University of Technology Free State in South Africa and a Post Graduate Diploma in Education in African Languages and Literature from the University of Botswana
- She works for the Botswana Government as a Senior Gender Officer and her goal is to advocate for the promotion of gender equality, inspire the young generation and unearth talent from grass roots level
- She is a well-organized, goal oriented and self-driven individual who believes in hard work and fortitude for success
- She is dedicated to the work of art and willing to contribute a lot to the growth of arts in Botswana and the world
- Her talent originated from years of childhood where it was well realized during her participative role in school arts and culture groups
- She is a member of Maruping Poetry Organization, and had an opportunity to mentor young upcoming artists Tlhale Jwa Phala entertainment group, potential youth leaders for the African Women and Leadership Academy and young karatekas for Botswana Defense Force Thebephatswa Air Base Karate Club and some individual youth poets
- As Poko Boswa, her vision is to focus on building networks for various poetry works such as contemporary poetry, natural and general poetry
- Poko Boswa’s mission is to establish a linkage of its local supply to the foreign markets
- Gorata’s poem ‘My Environment my Pride was selected among the best poems published in an anthology entitled ‘Tranquil Peace/Muse ‘for the 2018 11thGuntur International Poetry Festival in India.
- A number of her poems both contemporary and traditional have been shared through social media and Miombo Publishing Word Press Brave Voices Journal
- Her English poetry book ‘Exploring the Roots Poetry my Heritage, Living Arts’ has been transcribed into brail for the visually impaired
- She composes poems and perform in various occasions from social to corporate and has performed in big stages both locally and internationally
- She believes that poetry is Educational, Therapeutic and Recreational.
WOMAWORDS CHIEF EDITOR
- Mbizo Chirasha is the Poet in Residence at the Fictional Café (International publishing and literary digital space). 2019 Sotambe Festival Live Literature Hub and Poetry Café Curator. 2019 African Fellow for the International Human Rights Art Festival( ihraf.org) , Essays Contributor to Monk Art and Soul Magazine in United Kingdom .Arts Features Writer at the International Cultural Weeklyhttps://www.culturalweekly.com › poetivism-new-art-resistance-zimbabwe)Founder and Chief Editor of WOMAWORDS LITERARY PRESS https://womawordsliterarypress.home.blog/) (. Founder and Curator of the Brave Voices Poetry Journal. Poetry Contributor to AtunisPoetry.com in Belgium. African Contributor to DemerPress International Poetry Book Series in Netherlands. African Contributor to the World Poetry Almanac Poetry Series in Mongolia. His latest 2019 collection of experimental poetry A LETTER TO THE PRESIDENT by Mwanaka Media and Publishing and is both in print, on Amazon.com and at is featured at African Books Collective. Mbizo Chirasha is the Originator of the Zimbabwe We Want Poetry Campaign. Founder and Creative Director of Girl Child Talent Festival and GirlChildCreativity Project. 2003 Young Literary Arts Delegate to the Goteborg International Book Fair Sweden (SIDA AFRICAN PAVILION) .2009 Poet in Residence of the International Conference of African Culture and Development (ICACD) in Ghana. 2009 Fellow to the inaugural UNESCO- Africa Photo- Novel Publishers and Writers Training in Tanzania. 2015 Artist in Residence of the Shunguna Mutitima International Film and Arts Festival in Livingstone, Zambia. A globally certified literary arts influencer, Writer in Residence and Recipient of the EU-Horn of Africa Defend Defenders Protection Fund Grant, Recipient of the Pen Deutschland Exiled Writer Grant. He is an Arts for Peace and Human Rights Catalyst, the Literary Arts Projects Curator, Poet, Writer, publicist is published in more 200 spaces in print and online.