September 27, 2021

Ndaba Sibanda

[Poem] [Short] [Essay] [Opinion]


From Scars to Stars (2013-12-23) poem unrhymed

Ndaba Sibanda is one of the most prolific poets to emerge from Zimbabwe.

Friendly Wars (2014-02-17) poem unrhymed

With Power, Ignorance equals Death.

Of Condom and Sodom (2014-03-17) poem rhymed

"Be the catalyst for positive change..."

Fearing a Darkness Without Leopards (2014-05-12) poem rhymed

"She would never ever feel foreign..."

Placards (2014-06-02) poem unrhymed

Weary of endless protest...

Intoxicating Songs and Sights (2014-08-18) poem unrhymed

A former National Arts Merit Awards (NAMA) nominee, Ndaba's poems, essays and short stories have been published in Africa and the US.

A Soul in Solitude (2014-09-15) poem unrhymed

Who is he? Why doesn't he have better clothes? Such a sad sight...or is it?

The Magic of Snowflakes and Diamonds (2014-12-22) poem unrhymed

"...toward the magic of the snow..."

Caressing Cravings (2015-02-09) poem unrhymed

"...but the music is gone into inaudibility..."

No, Thank You (2015-02-23) poem rhymed

Fed Up with this system...

Bad Bedbugs (2015-03-23) poem unrhymed

"...Sucking peace out of the mind..."

Haemorrhaged (2015-06-22) poem unrhymed

...Kickbacks come first, The people come last...

The Lake Of Vice And Valour (2015-07-27) poem unrhymed

A timely vision of rights and responsibility...

Who Killed Cecil? (2015-08-03) poem unrhymed

A timely poem for a world in shock...

Not Even Breadcrumbs (2015-11-23) poem unrhymed

And in what land was hardship better than what now transpires...?

The Unwanted Humanitarian (2016-01-04) poem unrhymed

"... One rumour was that he had a money-spitting snake he fed..."

The Drunk's Sober Words (2016-04-04) poem unrhymed

"...They say your problems come from far. Far? Did people from far destroy your factories?.."

Of Policies And Capacities (2016-04-25) poem rhymed

"...termites and maggots of corruption..."

If I Had a Way... (2016-08-08) cover story poem unrhymed

Who in our world indeed would not prefer honesty over lies, and justice over tyranny...?

The Never-Minders (2016-08-29) poem unrhymed

"...The poor people's silence..."

The Elephantine Call (2016-09-05) poem unrhymed

Because there are people in the world who worship money above all else...

Bring Back Our History and Heritage (2016-10-03) poem unrhymed

"You have muddied the waters..."

What It Is (2017-09-25) poem unrhymed

"...Let's call this what it is..."

Cut to Size (2017-10-23) poem unrhymed

"...transformed their blindness into alertness..."

Hiding in a Hub of Inspiration (2017-11-20) poem unrhymed

"...let a hunger for story-telling eat me up..."

Hear What They Won't Tell You (2017-12-18) poem unrhymed

"It is the wish and prayer of every patriotic African..."

Haunted By His Mentor's Disastrous Ghost (2017-12-25) poem rhymed

"...Were they not in that mess because of his master's inanities?.."

Finally (2018-01-01) poem unrhymed

"...It was more of an error than an era..."

Thou Shall Wait (2018-01-08) poem unrhymed

"...The same flock with their archaic hymn..."

People's Futile Anvil (2018-01-29) poem unrhymed

"...people's endless stories and problems..."

Of Sycophantic Peacemakers (2018-02-05) poem unrhymed

"...Of pretending, pushing and duping..."

Why the Bulawayans Rampaged (2018-02-26) poem unrhymed

"...The Bulawayans were livid about many, many peculiar issues..."

A Starting Point (2018-03-19) poem unrhymed

"...but you give me something painfully real!.."

I Don't See Them Here (2018-04-23) poem unrhymed

"...Hence cranes are like the thighs of a tortoise..."

On the Verge of Saying It (2018-05-14) poem unrhymed

" all times she wondered whether his head wasn't full of wind..."

Africa Still Haunted by the Land Quagmires (2018-06-11) poem unrhymed

"...Land. Legislation? Constitution? Consultations?.."

This Day Is Not Our Holiday (2018-07-02) poem unrhymed

"...This day is not a holiday, this day is a vigil to mourn..."

Yeothieville (2018-07-30) poem unrhymed

"...She lost trust in those who were supposed to protect her..."

A Simple Perpetuation Of Travesties And Fallacies (2018-08-06) poem unrhymed

Beginning a weekly poetic commentary by Ndaba Sibanda. Look around you and see where the words resonate...

In Case You Thought All Was Renewed and Reformist (2018-08-13) poem unrhymed

"...professing one thing but practicing another..."

Up Against Puerile Hitches (2018-08-20) poem unrhymed

The uphill battle...

Proliferation in the Wrong Place (2018-08-27) poem unrhymed

"...during the reign of the unseated strongman..."

Critical Engagement Rules Going Forward (2018-09-03) poem unrhymed

"...a committed unifier -- yes, a committer of crimes -- NO..."

Why Standtoll And Trymore Collapsed (2018-09-10) poem unrhymed

" It was their humble version of The Country Has Talent..."

Of Some People and Their Privileges (2018-09-17) poem unrhymed

"...not only the right cut but a saintly one too..."

Chartered Plane (2018-09-24) poem unrhymed

"...Do you know how many houses could be bought..."

SekaC, Will You Stop? (2018-10-01) poem unrhymed

"...whether her calling him a mole made him one..."

Let Them Spit and Spin Out (2018-10-08) poem unrhymed

" is a case of crooks out, cooks in?"

Disrespect for Life Disguised as Fun (2018-10-15) poem unrhymed

"I used to think people desired peace..."

Meet the Offenders' Defender (2018-10-22) poem unrhymed

"...How many notorious culprits, or outright criminals..."

In Pursuit of a Fugitive Man (2018-10-29) poem unrhymed

"...Dawn stirred with its smiling rays..."

A Young Woman Who Called Disorder to Order (2018-11-05) poem unrhymed

"...She had to go back home..."

A Sad Joke Again (2018-11-12) poem unrhymed

"...basic commodities have kissed scarcity AGAIN..."

Fact or Fiction (2018-11-19) poem unrhymed

"...of course, the ruining party was represented..."

Troubleshooters Are Not Good Enough (2018-11-26) poem rhymed

"what is stewardship without empathy..."

Real Food for the Hungry Souls Please (2018-12-03) poem unrhymed

"Is it not time to cook real food..."

Why They Hit A Commonwealth Re-admission Snag (2018-12-10) poem unrhymed

"...a bearing on investment and democracy..."

Unaided and Able (2018-12-17) poem unrhymed

"That is what he told a man..."

How To Tell Whether They Are In The GG Group (2018-12-24) poem unrhymed

"...If your ruler, to his or her discredit, has always run your nation like it's his or her privately-owned company..."

From Hogwash to Mouthwash (2018-12-31) poem unrhymed

"...she delivered speeches that eulogised woman freedom stalwarts..."

Dear Granddaughter (2019-01-07) poem unrhymed

"...I'm telling you this because I seek to open up doors..."

Brimming with a Royal Beauty (2019-01-14) poem

"...Bulawayo was a fabulous visitor attraction, used to be spotlessness' cousin and definition..."

Our Ecologically Advanced Africa (2019-01-21) poem unrhymed

"...Now with industrial pollution and corruption conquered and buried..."

Can Someone Please Unplug And Plug It Back (2019-01-28) poem unrhymed

"...In spite of their adversities, they always find solace in jokes..."

The November Nonsense (2019-02-04) op ed

"...The height of hyperinflation happened in mid-November 2008..."

When Windi Was in the Driver's Seat (2019-02-11) poem unrhymed

"...please stop, we're starving to death and weak and suffering..."

Mad Price Tags (2019-02-18) poem unrhymed

"...Operation Restore Legacy was one more act of crazy desperation..."

The New Currency (2019-03-04) poem unrhymed

"...Is it supported by gold..."

Of Expired Prescriptions (2019-03-11) poem unrhymed

" bigotry is foisted upon them like expired sedatives..."

In Search Of The Fundamentals (2019-03-18) poem unrhymed

"Straight she marched into their headquarters..."

At One Point It Comes Out (2019-03-25) poem unrhymed

"...a hurting truth is slanted toward obduracy..."

Ribbon-cutting Drama Kings and Queens (2019-04-08) poem unrhymed

"...their goal was to get stinking rich..."

The Good Shepherd and His Sheep (2019-04-22) poem unrhymed

"They sang and shouted with joy as he paced about, whispering..."

Facts and Figures Don't Lie (2019-04-29) poem unrhymed

"...they will revive THEIR nation..."

On One Hand Low, On The Other, Not One Glow (2019-05-06) poem unrhymed

" the same souls have landed hard on the ground..."

A Highway From Hell To Healing (2019-05-13) poem rhymed

"...sang and sang at a time unknown and wrong..."

Politricks (2019-05-20) poem unrhymed

"...put away those poverty-prone politicians' poisons..."

A Victim of Malpractices (2019-05-27) poem unrhymed

"it seems to be collapsing like a pack of crazy cards..."

Enchanted and Eloped (2019-06-03) poem unrhymed

"...she was a blessing to her patients..."

Forward Ever Sideward No Please! (2019-06-10) poem unrhymed

" a crayfish running forward and backward...

Swatted Off Their Space (2019-06-17) poem unrhymed

"a crusader who cuddled a skunk..."

Hands Off Our Custodians of Heritage (2019-06-24) poem unrhymed

"...That dehumanizes and destroys decency..."

Grandfather's Tripartite Resolutions and Suggestions (2019-07-01) poem unrhymed

"...Dishonesty breeds uncertainty..."

Come On and Cruise On (2019-07-08) poem unrhymed

"...It's hale and hearty for the mind..."

Where Are the Voices of Reason? (2019-07-15) poem unrhymed

Where, indeed?

Powerless and Forsaken Souls in a Dark Corner (2019-07-22) poem unrhymed

"...cold plates know there is a grave problem..."

Boyhood and Victimhood (2019-07-29) poem unrhymed

" an act of mudslinging sibling rivalry..."

Poverty-Stricken Wealth (2019-08-05) poem unrhymed

"...It's heaven for the corrupt..."

The Dilemma of Undoing a Trail of Cemeteries (2019-08-12) poem unrhymed

"...sad graveyards of justice..."

Basket Case (2019-08-19) poem unrhymed

"...As the flames of the land 'revolution' were doused..."

Those Must Fall (2019-08-26) poem unrhymed

"...These destructive pests have no shame..."

Ruthless Ruin (2019-09-09) poem unrhymed

"...He was no panAfricanist. Not at all..."

Shame on Them (2019-09-23) poem unrhymed

"...Where is the spirit of ubuntu, or humanity in Africa?.."

Network Friendships and Hardships (2019-09-30) poem unrhymed

"...Had she stepped on the tail of a lion?..."

The Nicodemus Vegan in Me with Egg on Face (2019-10-07) poem unrhymed

"...I said cheerio to the consumption of meat and eggs..."

A Distinction And A Dance To Life (2019-10-14) poem unrhymed

"...They twisted and turned with effortless grace and charm..."

An Economic Meltdown Looms Large (2019-10-21) poem unrhymed

"...To pretend that poverty is shrinking is stupidity ..."

Sibanda 10-28 (2019-10-28) poem unrhymed


Her Winning Ways and Wings (2019-10-28) poem unrhymed

"...She excelled to the chagrin of loathers..."

Seeking Refuge in the Sun (2019-11-04) poem rhymed

"...Run as if you have torched the touchy tail Of a lion..."

Ten Bits and Pieces (2019-11-11) poem unrhymed

"...Why fear a darkness without leopards?..."

Down With Dualistic Errant Establishments (2019-12-30) poem unrhymed

"...the poor and powerless say what is getting worse is poverty..."

Mlungisi's Whereabouts (2020-01-13) poem unrhymed

"...He propounded a bold trajectory, a climate revolution..."

Looking Up (2020-01-20) poem unrhymed

"As the drunk teacher was saying..."

He Called Himself Giraffe (2020-01-27) poem unrhymed

"That he was a towering figure was no debate..."

The Unreadable Dictionaries Of Our Actions (2020-02-03) poem rhymed

"...A life whose paths lead to ruin..."

Her Finest Chef Ever (2020-02-10) poem unrhymed

"...This must be sweet, sweet medicine!..."

Ahead of Themselves (2020-02-17) poem rhymed

"...They drummed, drank, sang, danced..."

We Are Not An Error But The Idioms Of Our Era (2020-02-24) poem rhymed

"...Let us be the proverbs: our lives are short..."

Breathing Under a Sea of Thirstiness (2020-03-02) poem unrhymed

"...they battled with inhaling and exhaling..."

What Used To Brew In Her Mind (2020-03-09) poem rhymed

"...Detoxing was up and instructive..."

None as Deaf as Those (2020-03-16) poem unrhymed

"...dogged denialists..."

Staying Home (2020-03-23) poem rhymed

"...Did I know that you are a new reality..."

A Worthwhile Worthlessness (2020-03-30) poem unrhymed

"...what you get when you mix crap and spectacular..."

On a Melodic and Restful Note (2020-04-06) poem unrhymed

"...They danced their despairs away..."

Platforms, People and Power (2020-04-13) poem unrhymed

"...Power dodges poverty, pity doesn't pay..."

Cultivated for Their Loving Beauty (2020-04-27) poem rhymed

"...During these turbulent times, salute a nurse!..."

Tables Turned on Them (2020-05-11) poem unrhymed

Nature has a way...

Not Aging This Year (2020-05-18) poem unrhymed

"2020, she said, you had better know this..."

New Kids' Register Riddles (2020-05-25) poem unrhymed

"...if you are not here just say 'absent'..."

Cut Down (2020-06-01) poem unrhymed

"...government contracts to cut the unkempt hair of government officials!..."

Pauperised (2020-06-08) poem unrhymed

"...Is there a plausible justification for that appalling level of stooping and descent..."

Move Away from Cholera (2020-06-15) poem unrhymed

"...every day she yelled out names, words..."

What Is Not a Father's Day (2020-06-22) poem rhymed

"...fatherly roles are not chauvinist..."

A Pest-ridden Log in the Kitchen (2020-06-29) poem unrhymed

"...of termites and serpents slithering into the backyard..."

A Walk Bright and Bold (2020-07-06) poem unrhymed

"...the new normal is the abnormal..."

Bulawayo's Benediction (2020-08-10) poem unrhymed

"if ever there was a beautiful brook, then she is the one..."

Deliverance Wand in Their Hands (2020-08-17) poem unrhymed

"...having languished in bondage for forty years..."

A Delicate Delivery (2020-08-24) poem unrhymed

"...heavy with rain, they were ready and reckless..."

An Impractical Proposition (2020-08-31) poem unrhymed

"...her passion of performing poetry..."

The Honey Bird Lullabye (2020-09-07) poem unrhymed

"Honey bird, honey bird, Nkoviyo's honey bird..."

Demons Against Demos (2020-09-14) poem unrhymed

"...rolling, rolling stones from hell..."

Mask Up or Else ... (2020-09-21) poem unrhymed

"...I got bored with staring out of the window..."

The Magic of the Rainbow (2020-09-28) poem unrhymed

"...a rainbow of nationalities and a kaleidoscope of ethnicities..."

A Distant Distress Signal (2020-10-05) poem unrhymed

"...He laments over a love ship that carries a crushed friendship..."

Of Emoji Images and Insinuations ** (2020-10-12) poem unrhymed

"...Think of animated emoji reactions to a post..."

A Short-lived Incursion into a Cave (2020-10-19) poem unrhymed

"...In the dark he drifted and strained his eyes..."

When the Watchful and Fearful Was Caught (2020-10-26) poem unrhymed

"...He looked over his shoulders daily...."

A Health Timebomb Looms Large (2020-11-02) poem unrhymed

"Living for months without a drop of water..."

Snubbed and Stabbed (2020-11-09) poem unrhymed

"...Ngiyeke kicked him where it hurts..."

A Headline That Converted Her (2020-11-16) poem rhymed

"...A sense of justice said to them..."

FGM Must Join Dinosaurs (2020-11-23) poem unrhymed

"...a violation of rights, an exhibition..."

You Are on Your Own (2020-11-30) poem unrhymed

"'re on your own after a score..."

Behind Peterson's Case Was Sentimentality (2020-12-07) poem unrhymed

"...Please beautiful bottom: he pleaded for mercy..."

True, Blue or What He Flew (2020-12-14) poem unrhymed

"...They said he had a rare alertness..."

Passport Don't Misbehave, What a Close Shave (2020-12-21) poem rhymed

"... Exactly 7 days before the big day I danced all day long..."

A State of Upheavals (2020-12-28) poem unrhymed

"...the state of the world was a commotion..."

Choked Chalks Flying in the Air (2021-01-04) poem unrhymed

"...a nightclub of famine and fools..."

Iconography (2021-01-11) poem unrhymed

"...on the wall a painting of a dove..."

Dear 2020, What's My Quote of the Year? (2021-01-18) poem unrhymed

"...a year that has not only confused the entire humanity but has also confined it..."

The Finest Always Comes from the Source (2021-01-25) poem unrhymed

"A coffee culture shines in splendor in Africa..."

Words for Consideration (2021-02-01) poem unrhymed

"...Let laughter, love, sympathy and hope glow and grow..."

Love Street (2021-02-08) poem unrhymed

"...a theme of love in the air..."

Poetry, Passion and Inspiration (2021-03-01) poem unrhymed

"...a passion, a prophecy, a muse..."

Poets and Their Planet (2021-03-08) poem unrhymed

"...the profoundest emotions they excavate from within..."

A Client Who Originates in Outer Space (2021-03-15) poem unrhymed

"...the potential buyer in the shop was like a creepy meteorite..."

Standing Sentinel (2021-03-29) poem unrhymed

"...not only a shield but also a great instructor..."

To the Fullest (2021-04-05) poem unrhymed

"...Some say it is a mystery, an adventure..."

Shero's Live, Love and Learn It Appeal (2021-04-12) poem unrhymed

"The heroic hostess talked about a dam..."

The Experimentalist Has Gone Too Far (2021-04-19) poem unrhymed

"...he says when convention died innovation resurrected..."

The Poet's Perceptive Power (2021-04-26) poem unrhymed

"...powerful but also prescient..."

Expectations and Experiences (2021-05-03) poem unrhymed

"...accusations and arrests for exposing the corrupt and greedy..."

The Spectacle Beheld on 26 April (2021-05-10) poem unrhymed

"...One of the biggest, bubbliest and brightest...

Eguswini Is Where He Is Restored (2021-05-17) poem unrhymed

"...a sanctuary of saneness and freshness..."

I Marvel at Better-than-movies Action-packed Moves (2021-05-24) poem rhymed

"How do they do all this? Where are they from?.."

When the Sky Turned Red (2021-06-07) poem unrhymed

"...Mount Nyiragongo... As if it had been waiting for darkness..."

Please Purify and Placate My Soul (2021-06-14) poem rhymed

"...let me unlock your feats, your benefits..."

She Wore It (2021-06-21) poem unrhymed

"...She was always calm, careful and elegant..."

Their Flawless Flaws (2021-07-12) poem rhymed

"...Perfected perfectly by imperfections..."

A Hunted Hunter on the Loose (2021-07-19) poem rhymed

"A wanted jail fleer, a window jumper..."

A Crying Crumbly World (2021-07-26) poem unrhymed

"...Seas acidifying, species on the brink..."

When I Was a Prevented Predator (2021-08-02) poem unrhymed

"...I spotted her wriggling around..."

Love Is Lovelier Than Luxury (2021-08-09) poem unrhymed

"...One who would rather give money to charity than live a lavish lifestyle..."

Who Is a Boy? (2021-08-16) poem unrhymed

"...they sought to interview for the position of office boy...

Why They Called Her Ms. M (2021-08-23) poem unrhymed

"...Where did the kissing lady live?..."

Brutal Bug, Back Off (2021-08-30) poem rhymed

"Mutating, sneaking in, spreading..."

Our Valiant Virtuoso Marches On (2021-09-06) poem rhymed

"...He has been named the nation's hottest footballer at the moment..."

A Conservationist's Cough of Concern (2021-09-13) poem unrhymed

"...he looked around and saw devastation, dismay, and death..."

Ready To Take Off for What? (2021-09-20) poem unrhymed

"...To cruise to the moon, to Mars..."

A Woman at Work (2021-09-27) poem unrhymed

"...She knows the importance of food production..."

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The Escape Route In the Dark (2014-01-20) cover story short prose

And who can say where he is, or where he will eventually find himself?

One Day the Tortoise Will Outrun the Hare (2014-07-14) fiction liberation fable

Apocalyptic prose from a prophet of liberation...

The Pair Is Beyond Repair (2019-09-02) fiction politics

And when there is nothing left to impoverish, what then?...

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The Power of the Word: Let Us Strive To Make A Positive Difference (2014-04-14) cover story essay writing

The Piker Press celebrates its 12th anniversary this week. With Ndaba Sibanda, we exhort all writers to free the stories within them.

Let Us Talk And Walk Writing Different Types Of Sentences (2019-12-23) essay humor

Instruction in the use of sentences can be demonstrated this way...

Clubbing with Constellations (2020-04-20) essay life

How shall we learn to see the meaning of the world, the universe around us?

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I Dream of Empathy: Book Review (2018-01-15) book review "I Dream of Empathy"

Author and poet Ndaba Sibanda reviews Marianne Szlyk's book of poetry, "I Dream of Empathy."

A Tale of Abuses and Lies and Ruins (2019-04-15) poem unrhymed

"...Deception dines with pride and lies and absurdities..."

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Ndaba Sibanda
Ndaba Sibanda

Ndaba Sibanda is a Zimbabwean-born writer. He hails from Bulawayo, Zimbabwe's second largest city. He is one of the most prolific poets to emerge from that Southern African country.

A former National Arts Merit Awards (NAMA) nominee, Ndaba has contributed to the following anthologies: Its Time, Poems For Haiti- a South African anthology,Snippets , Voices For Peace and Black Communion. His latest anthology, The Dead Must Be Sobbing was published in March 2013. Ndaba`s debut novel, Timebomb has been accepted for publication in the UK. He has just completed writing two more poetry anthologies, Love,Light and Greatness, and Time To Walk The Talk respectively.

Ndaba's favourite quote is: Writing is my life and my second wife. He lives in Saudi Arabia.

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