SHARON TSHIPA is a versatile and unique writer, poet and chronicler. She brilliantly tells stories and vividly portray critical situations through poetry .Her verses are pregnant with rhythm and heavy with memories. Her lines cry, sing, speak, dance, shout and hope. She is one among  Botswana’s dream of literary prowess .Her passion for women , their woes and vices brings meaning and purpose to her poetry .TSHIPA is an Award Winning Poet , Climate Tracker Fellow and well-travelled Writer . She runs a very important project in her country, Botswana Society of Human Development. Cde sister Tshipa I salute your pen and drink your poetry with the passion of it deserves .It was great meeting fellow wordsmith . Keep up raising the African flag . Aluta continua . For Time of the Poet Contact the Curator,MBIZO CHIRASHA at  miombopublishing@gmail.com and to read previous articles follow miombopublishing.wordpress.com

EXPIRED BITS OF HER

They knelt at His feet, burrowing
Charring them with heated streams of supplication
For her wedding finger they prayed
She was, when He dried the flowing rivers off their faces
But time had played the harlot with their eyes
Their hearts were clogged by expired bits of her
They saw her, but did not see her
At His feet they left her
She waited, they never returned
They got too busy excavating the dead
Ransacking dust bins of her life past
To find her, they should seek Him
For Him and her are one
She is whom He says she is

 

SNOW SHOWERS

Tuesday is the colour of innocence
Katowice has a way of aging gracefully overnight
Driving through its bopi jwa paleche spruced streets,
I am light years younger
Katowice is the illusion of justice and purity longed for
I am a reminder of what is
And what shall be when the fairy-tale is over
When Angels have melted this camouflage
When to sleep is to fully live.
MEMORIES

I don’t remember the day I was born
But I was there
When her water broke, I don’t remember
I don’t remember how it felt like to be
Pushed out of my mother’s womb, but I was there

I don’t remember her cries of pain and joy
But I was there
When my father helplessly cried besides her, I don’t remember
I don’t remember hearing doctors
Instruct her to push, but I was there

I don’t remember the second that ended the nine months bond
But I was there
When the umbilical code that knotted us together was cut, I don’t remember
I don’t remember how she looked like
On that precarious bed, but I was there

I don’t remember the taste of her breast milk
But I was there
When I tugged at her breast while my legs praised the heavens, I don’t remember
I don’t remember being wrapped in her arms
I don’t remember seeing her there
A lot of things I don’t remember, but I know she is my mother

I don’t remember my life’s greatest event
Vivid descriptions of that day, I receive by faith
Nothing can seduce that memory gone
I have since learnt that life is about creating memories
But told memories create you
The worst thing in life is not remembering
Your life’s greatest experience, hold on to memories you can.

SHARON TSHIPA is an award winning fiction Writer, award winning Multimedia Practitioner and Development Practitioner based in Gaborone, Botswana. As far as literary writing is concerned, she has short stories and poetry published and anthologised in literary magazines based in the United Kingdom (UK), Nigeria, Uganda, India, Kenya, South Africa and Botswana. Her short story titled ‘Like Little Ones Do’ won her a 2013 Kola Children Magazine Award in Nigeria. She also won the 2015 Poetavango Award for Short Fiction for her short story titled ‘Reality for Sale’. In February 2016 she was longlisted for the global Online Writing Tips Fiction Prize. Sharon is a CACE Africa 2014/2015 Writivism Writivist/Mentee. Tshipa is a 2016 African Writers Trust, Editorial and Publishing Training Workshop participant. She has contributed to a historical play called Sechele 1: A Historical Play published in 2011.When not writing short stories and poetry, Sharon writes music. She is currently working on her first novel.

 

 

 

TIMEOF THE POET CURATOR

MBIZO9
MBIZO CHIRASHA is the 2019 International Fellow (literary activism) of the International Human Rights Arts
Festival
New York (IHRAF2019). Recipient of Global Literary Influencer Certificate of Merit by
Directorio Mundial de Escritores through Academia Mundial de
Literatura, Historia, Arte y Cultura (2018). Recipient of PEN Deutschland
Exiled Writer Grant (2017) Literary Arts Projects Curator, Writer in
Residence, Blogs Publisher, Arts for Human Rights/Peace Activism
Catalyst, Social Media Publicist and Internationally Anthologized
Writer. Recipient of the EU-
Horn of Africa Defend Human Rights Defenders Protection Fund (2017). Resident
Curator of 100 Thousand Poets for Peace-Zimbabwe. Originator of
Zimbabwe We Want Poetry Movement. Curator of the MiomboPublishing and Brave Voices Poetry Journal( miombopublishing.wordpress.com) .Contributor to Zimbolicious Poetry publications in Zimbabwe edited by Tendai Rinos Mwanaka. African Contributor to the Table of
Words Demer Press International Poetry anthology edited by Hannie
Rouweler in Netherlands (2018-2019). Solidarity Member of Global Alliance for
Politics and Arts (2017). African Participant to the 2014-2020 World Poetry
Almanac Anthologies series in Mongolia edited by Hadaa Sendoo( 2015-2020).
Co-Editor of German Africa Bilingual Collection (http://www.street-voice.de/SV7/SVissue7.html). with German
International Translator Andreas Weiland (2016)
Young Zimbabwean Literary Delegate to the Goteborg International Book Fair Sweden (2003
presented at Nordic Africa institute, Swedish Writers union, SIDA
Diplomatic luncheon , Radio Dialogue , Swedish International library
Association , Sweden National Education Summit).Jury Member of the International Images Film Festival (2013-2014). Artist in Residence of the Shungunamutitima International Film Festival (2015).
Poet in residence
of ICACD International Conference of Africa Culture and Development
courtesy of African Culture Development Institute (2009) . Participant of UNESCO Photo Novel Intensive Training( Tanzania and France 2009).Founder of the
GirlchildCreativity Project ( 2010) The African Drums Poetry Festival ( 2007).The Young Writers Caravan( 2004) Curator of MIOMBOPUBLISHING,
miombopublishing.wordpress.com and PERSONALITIES OF
INSPIRATION, personalitiesofinspiration.wordpress.com.
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