For the asylum would
When reality entangles beneath hearts to a mermaid,
Of norms and customs gone but decayed and faded,
Of horns and phantoms bold but enslaved and painted,
Of arms and toes hold than betrayed and wasted, Of yams and pawpaw’s than entrenched and fainted, Of dogs and puppies than brave to be humbled, Of guns and monies but grave in their last moment, Of moms and sapiens, wrongs and rights for a
planet, Of charms and mountains, tonnes and tongues but
fallen, Of gums and porridge, deaf for a student, Of calm and solid, death had secluded; In sacred days when secrets of the metropolis
unfolded, Bound, found, sound to the deaf ear unwanted, For life could suppress us more but depressed, For I am not a Poet, I am just a simple man; With notions of life complexed between the two men, The you men, the new men, the gone men, the me man,
the few men, But true men do not hide, they delight in eyes like
a true man, They strike for a piece of bread in the basket, They strive for a niche but dare in the casket; As though theirs would be a better death than dead, They cry for peace in pieces of their hearts a
burden, They smile to please their peace of mind blinded, They hide behind their fingers like frowns of an
innocent girl haunted, They pride in times of their leaders like clowns
before marriage, They child in dozens of their notions, for life is
a notion, a mystic, A devotion. For religion knows no word uttered by
tribal rhythms. Except in ancestral tribute. For life is a termite
mount, a season. And I hesitate not for life knows no beholder, a
For life and its notions a mystery.
Extract from 'Of Life and its Notions'.
Buyile Mambo Ntema
The Voice of a Shadow: Life, Reality & Mental Inspiration
Author of SOUL SEEDS: Reality
& Mental Inspiration Poetry, 2014 Xlibris Publishing UK
chase a silent wind from imaginative deficiency,
theirs were a brutalized kind without remedy,
most adorable human face. They are ready;
does not concern their little mind.
really are just as innocent like a broken child,
innocence is deceptive, as snake to a tongue.
enslave their brethren with perceptive arms;
Of a lost
but lunatic. O what a vulnerable pal,
would fade into pages of the missing. After all;
cares not about you either. You can harden to a stone,
ears rebel against their deafness. They're prone
the truth as though they had known,
know that you feel weak when I talk,
have coloured in empty blue skies galore!
Petruss Buyile Ntema
of a Shadow: Life, Reality & Mental Inspiration Poetry, 2016
This poem discourages greedy and seemingly narrowed-bourgeois friendship. It scores further to forewarn human beings against such deceptive 'mark of the beast'. For life is just a friendly kind, yet distorted by shadows of friendship.
Maun born and Botswana's rare multi-talented Creative artist Mambo Ntema has confirmed that since its publication, SOUL SEEDS: Reality and Mental inspiration Poetry has not been previewed visually to extend on the book's potential outreach. The outspoken Entrepreneur and Cultural activist has indicated that the 4-minute sneak preview was filmed in different locations in Botswana and Namibia (in Kasane and Impalila island along Chobe-Zambezi rivers, and in Matsaudi village along Thamalakane-Santandadibe rivers in the Okavango Delta) and directed by Tumelo Prince Mokongwa and published by ISHYN GATES Graphix Media & Arts. The promotional video is hoped to reach-out to Folk and Contemporary Poetry community worldwide, whilst working on an Audio and DVD projects scheduled for 2016.
As well, the Scholar-Applied Researcher-Author-Musician-Entrepreneur is editing his second, third and forth book(s) 'The Voice of a Shadow: Life, Reality and Mental Inspiration Poetry' a 250 poems and inspirational quotes anthology featuring poets and wordsmiths from Africa, Asia, US America and Europe, and 'Poko Puo: Tswana Same' a 50 Setswana poems collection and 'Ntema and the Wayeyi Ancestral Chants!' which is a historical tribute to my late grand father Ntema Shaldiwara Sinqaera. He has also worked (and continues to) on numerous trans-continental poetry collaborations to spread his wings beyond just Botswana.
The philanthropist (if not Community Developer) has pledged his creative skills, expertise and indigenous knowledge in mentoring and facilitation of Arts and Cultural heritage in Chobe through establishment of a legal arts structure; Chobe Alliance for Arts Organization (CAAO) which is a newly registered arts entity, seeking to leverage on Social Enterprising through Cultural tourism; a component-based 'company limited by guarantee' in the nearest future.
Mr. Ntema is a founding Director of OPN Group of Companies (Pty) LTD which trades as African Arts & Crafts and Chizo Travel & Tours based in Kasane and Maun (Botswana), with partners and agents across Botswana, Africa, Europe and Asia and world-wide. He also is a Secretary and Public Relations (and Marketing) Manager for CAAO, and a member of DysisGraphy, Chobe Alliance for Non-Governmental Organizations (CANGO), Craft Council of Botswana and World Youth Alliance. He has a BA (Sociology) from the University of Botswana with vast experience on Sustainable Rural and Remote Community Development, Land and Agrarian Question, Land Rights and Land Use/reforms to mention but a few.