NDABA SIBANDA - POEMS
Ndaba Sibanda`s work has been featured in several publications including The Piker Press, Bricolage, The Dying Goose, Whispering Prairie Press, Saraba Jim, Outside In Literary & Travel Magazine ,The Metric, Unlikely Stories and Silver Birch Press.
Invitation For Confiscation
the nakedness of a bag of lies
is clothed in a shifty sea
of hollowness and leakiness
those who always seek to act unimpeded
in search of the curtailment of other souls`
rights forfeit their right to be respected
Rising To The Challenges Of Today
History is a story of now,
a story of today’s activities
that becomes a story of the past.
History is not only a story of sorrow,
but a carefully-crafted story of tomorrow--
a story of what to initiate, swallow or follow.
History is a drawing shaped
by people’s decisions and actions--
usually bold, boring but big and beautiful.
History is a victim’s fight to claim a future,
it is an aggrieved people’s stride to a destiny
through a clearly defined collective and active voice.
History is yesterday’s atmospheric pressure
playing out through today’s barometers of life.
History is more than a story—it is an awakening.
History is not a passive past,
but a present progressive response
to the challenges of today and tomorrow.
It is our upset tummies crying out day and night
for nothing short of the detoxification and protection
of our bodies from yesterday and today’s abdicables.
History is you and I doing something
about our present and future situations,
making life-changing decisions and actions.
Therefore, be brave, be ready because history
is certainly coming for and counting on you.
Today’s actions are tomorrow’s light or shadow.
What She Said
From a mere village girl
Who was raped by a man--
Dudu is an international icon
I was listening to her
She did not say that
People are saying things
She did not discuss
Her love life at all either
People are saying things
She said she will enhance
Africa’s voice against
Those who abuse others
In the name of love
She said what sat high
On her agenda was justice
What is this story about
Her being saucy and weird
And dating low little men?
Yes she said she will step
On the big testicles of men
Who abuse vulnerable women
Does that make her saucy or weird?
Who says the castration of wild bulls
Is a bad idea in a world that needs no beasts?
has a clownish tendency
of farting and urinating
and sleeping and defecating
on the heads of those who
keep it for whatever reason
when people lie and claim
they’re unable to be affected
by dung and damage or unaffected
by bigotry or untouched by suffocating odor
or immune to indecency or impervious to thuggery
then all this begets a big question: are they real?
the author was deaf to the sound
of cyberbullying from the authorities,
from the corridors of power and fear,
the forces of terror were on a mission
to crack down on the voices of reason,
voices of choice, dissenting and alternative