June 3, 2024

3 Poems by Ndaba Sibanda

3 Poems by Ndaba Sibanda

*Featured image courtesy of Ian Kiragu on Unsplash*

Ndaba Sibanda is a skilled poet who writes lines that are both intelligent and emotional. Take a look at his excellent poems below.

Doors Of Justice

a loss of mental faculties

for a ruthless street robber

and an infamous killer

got tongues wagging-

with many citizens

claiming karma

had finally knocked

on the doors of justice

Ours Is An Unbreakable Love

Your gains are the pains of villains,

Your grins come in several scopes,

I really revere your super sunrises,

but Beautiful Beloved, I’ve requests

despite your stunning, seemly sunsets.

You’re the nub of love and custody.

You’re not just any other landscape,

for at the core of our link is a bold bond.

Ours is durable, divine, dear and decisive.

Though I can live yonder, it’s no wonder

that no soul or silver can take me out of you.

Homeland, I adore your grand daybreaks,

our tie boasts an unbreakable placenta,

yet periodic press releases of the miseries

and losses of African migrants and fleers

in shipwrecks in the Mediterranean Sea

break my heart and leave me with queries.

What happened to human intellect,

to a sense of love, empathy and sympathy?

Souls who need profound exorcisms and baptisms

are those who have fouled and failed you, dear place

of birth of humanity, polite place of my pride and placenta?

Who are at the centre of your victimization and deprivation?

Unappeasable plundering, prejudicial political pirates and parasites?

Africa are you still stung, sapped, suckled by the parodies

and pretenses of puppets and the rank relics of colonialists?

Drained to death by covetous, corrupt rogues, you rise.

The muddlers and murderers cannot have the last laugh.

Who has made you smell, sound and look like this:

measly, unmotherly, unlivable, unloving and all?

Who is fooling who with that fallacy and foulness?

Who has speckled you with that soot and that rot?

That is a titanic, tragic travesty and tall tale.

It is not you at all and has never been you,

it is the graft of desirous, damaging rapists.

Are you not the most beautiful and blessed

thing that has ever happened to humanity?

Are you not the scent and star of the future?

I have humble requests because my brothers

and sisters hunger for normality and respites.

I have appeals for a demonstration of humanity,

for a full paradigm shift, for a fair of fairness

and conscience, for sanity and responsibility

from those who are chasing away our relations,

thereby triggering terrible tragedies and woes.

May there be a sustainable future for the youth.

May hope glow and grow on the African horizons.

May African populations realize and feel options,

a sense of direction, devotion, progress and care.

May they experience the dignity, diversity, beauty

and the capacity of their communities and countries.

May they feel cherished, loved, and live their dreams.

May they live abundant lives bestowed on their land.

The Urge

when the sleepy farmer’s ears

were indulged by the rustlings

of the wind and the pattering

of the rain, did her eyes peel in

anticipation of a bumper harvest?

when she had borrowed books

from the nearby library did

she feel the urge to crawl

back into bed and read

all day long?

Sibanda is a Bulawayo-born poet, novelist and nonfiction writer who has authored thirty published books of various genres and persuasions and coauthored more than 100 published books. Some of Ndaba`s works are found or forthcoming in Page & Spine, Piker Press , SCARLET LEAF REVIEW , Universidad Complutense de Madrid, the Pangolin Review, Kalahari Review, Botsotso, The Ofi Press Magazine, Hawaii Pacific Review, Deltona Howl, The song is, JONAH magazine, Saraba Magazine, Poetry Potion, Saraba Magazine, The Borfski Press, East Coast Literary Review and Whispering Prairie Press. Sibanda has received the following nominations: the national arts merit awards (NAMA), the Mary Ballard Poetry Chapbook Prize, the Best of the Net Prose and the Pushcart Prize. 

Links: https://www.amazon.com/Books-Ndaba-Sibanda/s?rh=n%3A283155%2Cp_27%3ANdaba+Sibanda 

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