Thursday, July 7, 2022

‘The Morning After’…raising funds for Botswana’s literacy

Women have come a long way from the kitchen.

Talk is that “women have shorter feet than men because their feet were tailor made for them to be able to stand closer to the stove”.

The talk behind closed doors is that they do better in life when they are just housewives. This they prove every single day not to be true. Either by being Heads of State or by being fathers to the children the men with bigger feet abandoned.

Men with feet that have been designed to be far away from the stove, and more in the jungle or world hunting for food to put on the stove, for a woman to cook, while she is standing very close to the stove.

Last week Friday, women proved that they do better at other things, when they made up the majority of people who gave out the best poems at the monthly Poet Passport Botswana event at the Botswana Museum.

The live poetry sessions are held every last Friday of each month, except for this coming month, which will be held on Saturday, because of the coming Easter holidays. This month’s theme was, “The Morning After.”

The Poet Passport Facebook page described The Morning After theme as: “That moment after the moment. It could be sex, pregnancy, a break-up, a make-up or whatever it was that was your moment. That feeling after that significant moment, whether it was positive or negative”.

Not the ‘Morning after Pill’, as many of us thought when the theme was announced. Something the MC of the night and co-founder of Poet Passport, Thato Heather Mosimaneotsile, joked about the whole night.

Mosimenotsile recited a few poems, but the one that captured the most attention was the one where he recited the ‘Morning after a Mother’s Death’ poem. Being a repented Christian, he cleverly integrated verses from the first book of the Bible, Genesis, into the poem.
This seemed to have been dedicated to a mother who had passed away.

One female poet pleaded to be woken up when things are simple once again, in a poem she had titled ‘The Morning after Childhood’.

Even though the creative souls of our country read a lot of their poems from their phones, the melancholic poem stood out as it had everyone reminiscing about those simple days.

Another female poet, who went by the simple name of Ndibo, seemed to be a favourite with the audience.

Men did not want to be left behind, as the co-founder Mosimaneotsile proved, but the stage came ablaze when Karabo Leboko Mosimanegape got up and recited his poems in a unique style, both in the way he spoke it and the dramatic way he delivered it.

For this, he got a thunderous applause. Mosimanegape, who goes by the name Poem the Answer, did his whole act in bare feet, which went well with his style of presentation.

Another poem by a male poet, “Letter to Bulawayo,” also stood out. The poet was just asking how Bulawayo was doing and how her uncle Bob was doing. He hoped that he did not treat her too badly.

The event was also being used to raise funds for a Literature Festival to be held in October. Books were collected from those in attendance and they will be donated to people who may have a great love for reading but can’t afford to buy a book.

Camel’s Inn Restaurant, located at the Museum, and Camel’s Lodge, located in Mmopane, were the sponsors of the event.

The newly opened Inn specializes in traditional food and opens every day, with their lunch costing P25.

The Poet Passport Facebook page is open to everyone who would like to get updates on their future events.

The event proved to be that, though men and women will never be equal in many departments, especially those that concern lifting heavy boxes, they do come very close when it comes to matters of the brains.

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