O Heart

O heart, why do you betray me so?
Had we not agreed never to go down this path again?
How is it that I find myself here once more?

– Mamello Maitse



Why go out of your way to be part of my life when your intention is not to stay?
You disrupted my world just to wreck it.

– Mamello Maitse


I’m unravelling, scarcely able to stop myself from coming apart.
A whirlwind of emotions, spinning as my resolve unwinds.
What am I to do when the things once woven into my mind come undone?
I’m disentangled from myself…


– Mamello Maitse

Sibling love

It was an evening much like any other as my 14 year old self lay nestled in between my brother (23) and sister (26). We were lying on the bed in silence staring at the ceiling when my phone beeped for an incoming message. I stood up to reach for the phone and attend to a text which read:

” Put your left hand on your right shoulder and your right hand on your left shoulder and squeeze tightly. That’s a hug from me to you to say goodnight!”

This was the first text I had ever received from my crush, who happened to be a senior at my school – so it was a pretty big deal! I fought so hard to hide the smile plastered on my face as I lay back down between my siblings but it was an epic fail! I must have zoned out for a sec because I didn’t even notice them pitched up on their elbows hovering over my face! By the time I realized they were staring at me we burst into laughter and I obviously had to spill the beans.

They started teasing, I was annoyed and wanted them to stop. But amid the banter and laughter my heart was smiling – I felt pure joy.

I felt loved.