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The Good Shepherd and His Sheep

By Ndaba Sibanda

The Good Shepherd and His Sheep

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

Suddenly he raised his voice
and approached a young lady

Whose red-painted lips gleamed
with loveliness and chubbiness

He then declared: I see you demon
Leave her lips, I demand, I curse you!

His 'holy' ones landed on her red ones
He mumbled as the congregants 'amened'

Holy Saints! Maybe that demon was stubborn
For their mouths merged madly for a sizable time!

Breathlessly he declared victory over the demon
But added: see me after the service for more prayers

How could he not be pleased with himself, his powers?
He who helped the 'heavy-laden' and 'barren' conceive!!

After the labial drama, the people's pleased prophet
ordered his sheep to venture into greener pastures

There the congregants tucked into dishes of snakes --
including a menu of stones and flowers and grass

They washed down the above with purple petrol
The pleased pastor flashed a batch of flashy cards

Tickets to Heaven, economy five hundred dollars
First class, just eight hundred dollars apiece

The pleased prophet announced in front of a woozy group
They staggered and stampeded for the multi-colored cards

They snapped them up, yet a bigger crowd screamed for more
The pleased prophet prophesied that an extra lot was coming

He paced about, spraying them with a cute chemical
Maybe it was an insect repellant, maybe a perfume?

Who knows? The dizzy, desperate crowd cared less --
What effects would all that drinking and eating have?

Faithfully and obediently they received from him
Some swiftly dropped on the floor, others praised.

Article © Ndaba Sibanda. All rights reserved.
Published on 2019-04-22
Image(s) are public domain.
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