When your skin feels like it’s being
Hammered with a million nails and
Seasoned with salt for the wolves.
I will blow breath to your sores and calm
The heat, kiss your pores and leave some
Healing balm on the bare flesh of your wounds.
My spirit will move
You to the altar of
On bended knee
I will Christianize
Your soul to carry
Everything you are
To a better place.
My child- when you feel
Like you are nothing to the world just know
That you are everything to your maker.
If, on coal dark nights you try too hard
To move the stars with prayer and they don’t,
Remember that you are not God.
Remember to own your falls and wins.
Remember, you are human.
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.