The day our valleys carried
the stories of our people in stones.
Ordinary is a theory that does
not belong to this kind.
Filled our rivers with enough strength
to silence our parched throats. Like an
answered prayer, knees bruised from the yearning
of longing to own something the world would yield to.
With thunderous laughter, as if the surface
of our skins paid homage to every droplet
that tickled us. Sent our sons to schools,
built bridges to ferry our people to their destinies.
Moving giants to floodplains they can now
call home. Inscribing the seal of forever on
the edges of a sun that refuses to quit shinning.
Dripping down the hand-like leaves and sweet
smelling buds of our Mowana trees.
Yana Pula!: It rained!
Mowana: The Baobab Tree
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.