December 10, 2018

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..."

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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...

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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.

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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."

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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.