October 14, 2019


Ndaba Sibanda



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

Poem

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

"...at 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

"...it 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

"...as 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

"...now 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

"...like 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

"...in 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..."


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Short

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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Essay

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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Opinion

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.