Thursday, August 25, 2011

Children Should Be Seen And Heard/My World In Mama's Hands

Children Should Be Seen And Heard
Avitha Sooful

Compiled by Njabulo Ngobese

"I decided it is better to scream. Silence is the real crime against humanity" - Nadezhda Mandelstam, Russian writer, Hope Against Hope

Avi Sooful holds a Masters degree in Fine Art from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban. She is currently a senior lecturer at the Vaal University of Technology, Vanderbijlpark. She has participated in various exhibitions nationally and internationally. Her most recent exhibition was at the Cité Internationalle des Arts, Paris.


My world in Mama’s hands
Lebogang Mashile
My world is in Mama’s hands and in Papa’s lap
On Oupa’s shoulders and on Gogo’s back
My world is an unformed promise
As soft as my flesh
Laced with a ferocious warning
Not to harm a hair’s breath
A different hue of love is calling
One compose of rivers wept
By those before me who prayed for morning
I crawl on their steps
In Mama’s hands and in Papa’s lap
On Oupa’s shoulders and on Gogo’s back.
I am a new day
Touch me gently
There is no going back.

Lefatshe la ka Matsohong a mme
Sesotho translation: Mohau Letsie
Lefatshe la ka moetshong a mme hedima ntate
Mahetleng a ntatemolo le mokotlong wa nkgono
Lefatshe la ka ke thepiso sa hlophiswang
Le bonolo jwaloka letlalo la ka
Le tletse dihlokomediso tse bohale
Hore ho seke ha utlwiswa moya bohloko
Mofuta o fapaneng wa lerato o ntse o bitsa
O tshwanang le noka ha e lla
Jwaloka bao ba tlileng pele ho nna ba rapella mafube
Ke kgasa mehlaleng ya bona
Matsohong a mme le hodima ntate
Mahetleng a ntatemoholo le mokokotlang wa nkgono
Ke letsatsi le letjha
Ntshware ka hloko
Ha ho sa na ho kgutlela morao

A Brief Biography Of Lebogang Mashile

Lebo Mashile has been called the ‘It’ Girl of South African poetry, a wordsmith extraordinaire, a visual verbalist, an icon of modern South African poetry. Lebogang’s tireless work ethic has earned her creative titles including published author, executive producer, actress, poet, independent record producer, corporate and independent event MC, life skills facilitator/speaker and television series presenter.

Lebo takes on social debate and it is reflected in her continually increasing body of work. In 2004, Lebo debuted as a film actress in the Academy Award Nominated Hotel Rwanda, directed by Terry George. Also in 2004, Mashile became executive producer and presenter of the SABC 1 documentary series L’Attitude, now in its third season.

Lebo Mashile was named by Cosmopolitan Magazine, as one of South Africa’s Awesome Women of 2005.

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