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Bobana Badisang

Author Bio

Bobana Badisang

Bobana Badisang is a documentarian and bibliographer who has published novellas, plays, and poetry, scholarly works, book reviews, and newspaper articles in Setswana and English languages. She has written about Botswana’s environment, adult education, and women and gender issues. She currently is employed by the Botswana Government in the National Library and is a member of the Writers Association of Botswana and Botswana Library Association.

Notelet to Feline

Never will you ever distinguish
Ecstasies of maternity
Of cultivating freshness of life
Human fright of birth
Transported this cargo on you
In the day amidst spells of catnaps
Dreams unborn of kittens
Perfect your peaceable cradle

Author Comment

“This poem is dialogue with a lovely, lonely female cat who has had to undergo sterilization so she does not disrupt the human order. In her owner’s mind, the cat is lonely even during her long day of sleep. Her owner feels guilty and writes her a letter in an attempt to heal the imaginary rift between them.”