Goo Rra Sebego
Is home to scattered seeds that never want to be found.
A village where dreams don’t make it out alive.
Rain won’t wash the pale brown soil we picked
Up along the road. Girls play safe
Unbothered about dusk hiding home.
Everyone knows each other’s morning breath,
Fears and affairs. Dense Eucalyptus trees swallow
The innocent. Grime ridden grave diggers who wear
Brown overalls that should be yellow are easy to find.
Silence is a gift between winds that never stop wailing.
Lullabies are dragging hymns that put the dead to sleep.
Where I come from, death is not expensive. Night is a moon
In mourning and love never dies even when people do.
Goo Rra Sebego: the village ward where I come from.
Safe: a game young girls play using wool usually until dusk.
Mmakgosi Anita Tau is an award winning filmmaker with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Motion Picture Medium from AFDA College, Botswana. She created and directs Mmakgosi Live, a show/campaign devoted to mental health activism in Botswana. She recently wrote and directed Section 82, a 24-minute short film about modern day slavery, for her degree at AFDA. Section 82 has since won a total of 7 awards. Mmakgosi has also written scripts for Colours Television Drama Series, Property 4U Show and directed four short student films and a documentary. Mmakgosi participates in the International Writing Program (IWP) Women’s Creative Mentorship Program for the University of Iowa.
She has been published in Drum Magazine, Kalahari Review, Badilisha Poetry, and the Association of Writers and Writing Programs in the United States of America. Her short stories and poems were also published in the Botswana Tourism Organization’s Share Botswana Tourism Fiction Award Anthology.