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July 15, 2024

Articles by Ndaba Sibanda



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

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..."

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

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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

"...you'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..."

Threshing and Shelling (2021-10-04) poem unrhymed

"...They grow, grind and winnow crops..."

The Grain Song (2021-10-11) poem rhymed

"...Words can reach a fever pitch in a brain!..."

Bu Is a Psychologist and...Human (2021-10-18) poem unrhymed

"Bu helps chaps manage their chronic illnesses..."

When Dread Deserted (2021-10-25) poem rhymed

"...a sense of freedom danced..."

A Landing and a Crescendoing Drone (2021-11-01) poem unrhymed

"...it hoped to cajole a companion and be cosy a bit..."

Why They Miss Auntie Sithe (2021-11-08) poem unrhymed

"...To them she was fun, friendly, and frank..."

The Elephant in the Room (2021-11-15) poem unrhymed

"...he told her something silly about his whereabouts..."

Searching for It High and Low (2021-11-22) poem rhymed

"...she denied with: no, no, I just feel very free..."

My Growing Interest Is in a Forest (2021-11-29) poem rhymed

"...forests are home to 80% of land creatures..."

Poet Laureate Consultant of Mthwakazi (2021-12-06) prose poem

"...I saw icons and great thinkers. What remarkable talents!..."

Face-to-face with a Faceless Face (2022-01-03) poem unrhymed

"...she couldn't figure out who he was..."

Of Their Noises and Vocalisations (2022-01-10) poem unrhymed

"...why does a hyena laugh?..."

Street Names (2022-01-13) poem unrhymed

"Voyager Thabi had seen it all..."

People, Pour in Some Adoration and Awe (2022-01-17) poem unrhymed

"...allow me to unwrap your splendor which empowers me..."

In the Middle of Haplessness and Helplessness (2022-01-24) poem unrhymed

"...I am beginning to wonder what 'rights' are...

Bakithi's March for Justice (2022-01-31) poem unrhymed

"...He was the victims' one and only hope..."

A Sore and Sour Slip of the Tongue (2022-02-07) poem rhymed

"...a hush-hush slipped out..."

A Diet of Distortions and Deceits (2022-02-14) poem unrhymed

"...a perfect pollutant, a poverty of truth..."

For the Love of Verses and Vibes (2022-02-21) poem unrhymed

"...embark on my crazy chronicles..."

Of Hidden and Hungry Hustles (2022-02-28) poem unrhymed

"...we're faced with the chief ironies of our businesses..."

A Perfect Personification of Life (2022-03-07) poem unrhymed

"...I've been taking this kind of trash for too long..."

Not Everyone Will Show the Same Signs (2022-03-14) poem unrhymed

"...The attendees were stunned..."

Misfits Massacring Memorials (2022-03-28) poem unrhymed

The Mysteries Behind Its Ebbs and Flows (2022-04-04) poem unrhymed

"...we rejoice when it croons with us..."

Her Munching Mumbling Machine (2022-04-11) poem unrhymed

"...her pen patted her paper like a chum..."

The Spirit in Action (2022-04-18) poem unrhymed

"The usual way to celebrate Easter..."

A Rootless Tree Needs To Be Upheld (2022-04-25) poem unrhymed

"...Naming is as psychological as it is spiritual..."

A Thirsty Throat (2022-05-02) poem rhymed

"...a poor, petrifying, parched plainness..."

Our Fiercest Foes on the Planet (2022-05-09) Poem unrhymed

"...even scarier and riskier to humans..."

They Are Not Alone (2022-05-16) poem unrhymed

"...in a freeing, frank and fearless fashion..."

Don't Race (2022-05-23) poem unrhymed

"my poem is an opposite, reverse, backward one..."

Is There Something Un-African (2022-05-30) poem unrhymed

"...does their brotherhood diminish by virtue of borders..."

Street Names (2022-06-13) poem unrhymed

" Voyager Thabi had seen it all..."

Special Every Day (2022-06-20) poem unrhymed

"...not because it comes once per year..."

Weird Personalities and Their Policies and Practices (2022-06-27) poem unrhymed

"...I don't get it, economists, please..."

People's Syncretic And Secretive Practices (2022-07-04) poem unrhymed

"...the ambivalences of seeking spiritual guidance..."

Plagued by an Energy Pandemic (2022-08-15) poem unrhymed

Taken from the poet’s upcoming book titled, "The Birds That Never Learned To Fly: We Have No More Tears", poems touching on such issues as critical energy challenges bedeviling South Africa and Zimbabwe, mounting frustration and disgruntlement of the citizens, and the beauty of nature.

A Reality Show with a Difference (2022-08-22) poem unrhymed

Taken from the poet’s upcoming book titled, "The Birds That Never Learned To Fly: We Have No More Tears", poems touching on such issues as critical energy challenges bedeviling South Africa and Zimbabwe, mounting frustration and disgruntlement of the citizens, and the beauty of nature.

Nature Seeks Good Health and Happiness (2022-08-29) poem unrhymed

"...what can be lovelier than its love?.."

A Really Repulsive Remark (2022-09-05) poem unrhymed

"Not all politicians are leaders..."

A Breeze No Longer Sound and Sane (2022-09-12) poem

"...What happened to that bold breeze..."

The Wild Whirlwind Will Wane (2022-09-19) poem unrhymed

"...paper and leaves soared, sped in the wind..."

A Flow of Flawless Flaws (2022-09-26) poem unrhymed

"...we see lessons, we learn and take ownership..."

It's The Bitter Pill, Not the Pessimist (2022-10-03) poem unrhymed

"...the charade and lies that are paraded and propagated as the truth..."

When Suicide Slithered in Like a Snake (2022-11-14) poem unrhymed

"...you harped blame on detractors and the West..."

No Climate Justice Without Financial Compensation (2022-11-21) poem unrhymed

A Poet's Prophecy Is Potent (2022-12-12) poem unrhymed

"A poet's vision transcends boundaries ..."

Africa's Shining Star (2022-12-26) poem unrhymed

"...A heroine who champions free speech..."

A Destination in Desolation (2023-01-02) poem unrhymed

"...They fight with every fibre of their being to remain in power..."

Shedding Light on Shedding and Sheds (2023-01-30) poem

"...I'm here to pour furious facts forth..."

A Burly Ban or a Rethink? (2023-02-06) poem

"...a dogged dog bred to be discerning and bold..."

Farewell to a Champion and a Beacon (2023-02-13) poem unrhymed

"... Adopted as a man of conscience, he spoke for the voiceless..."

The Vital Advocacy Group (2023-02-20) poem unrhymed

"...the mental health needs of the persons impacted by a genocide in Zimbabwe..."

The Fifth Brigade Brutalises on the Fifth Avenue (2023-03-20) poem unrhymed

"This poem explores the Zimbabwe government’s politics of prejudicial cruelties."

Under a Canopy of Charming and Cheery Stars (2023-03-27) poem unrhymed

"This poem explores a writer’s ways of reinvention and rejuvenation."

Transitioning Time (2023-04-03) poem unrhymed

"This poem explores a plea for an energy transition."

An Ode to the Silent, Selfless, Tireless and Beautiful Benefactors (2023-04-10) poem unrhymed

"...you are all tireless tigresses and torchbearers ..."

Of Clear, Clean and Conscienceless Scandals (2023-04-17) poem unrhymed

Sibanda is a Bulawayo-born poet, novelist, and nonfiction writer who has a passion for themes and topics around conservation, nature, development and justice.

US$33, 3 Million Lost To An Anti-corruption Commission (2023-04-24) poem unrhymed

"...is this question a waste of breath and time..."

Their Rolling Power Cuts Are Really Rude (2023-05-01) poem unrhymed

"Riled residents say they are powerless...

The Minister of Electricity’s Unenviable Mission (2023-05-08) poem unrhymed

"...This is serious business for the government. It’s no laughing matter..."

The Internet Of Things Is Our Thing Part 1 (2023-05-15) poem unrhymed

"...let us ease into the realm of technology..."

The Internet Of Things Is Our Thing Part 2 (2023-05-22) poem unrhymed

"...there was a global conspiracy theory..."

The Internet Of Things Is Our Thing Part 3 (2023-05-29) poem unrhymed

"...Think of unthinkable words prefixed with un-..."

The Ward's Frowns and Foulness (2023-06-05) poem unrhymed

"...The odor of neglect and scarcity..."

When the South Africans Rose to the Occasion (2023-06-19) poem unrhymed

"...wildfires that were raging across that country in North America..."

When Deceleration is Acceleration (2023-06-26) poem unrhymed

"...I want to read poems about breakthroughs...."

On an Earth Day Like Today (2023-07-03) poem unrhymed

Sibanda is a Zimbabwean-born poet, novelist, and nonfiction writer who has a passion for themes and topics around conservation, nature, development and justice. He believes that he is a poet in prose, and hence he has never looked back since building and marching into the very first poetry pharmacy in the world, where poetry … and poetry and poetics are the most tonic threesome prescriptions!

There Must Be a Turnaround (2023-07-10) poem unrhymed

"...a forest not far from folks howled and flinched in fear..."

When It Happened I Went Wild (2023-07-17) poem unrhymed

"...Forests were protected and expanded to allow for biota to create..."

Of Maxims and Maximum Intellect (2023-07-24) poem unrhymed

"...Proverbs can be profound, paradoxical or oxymoronic..."

Packing And Unpacking (2023-08-21) poem unrhymed

"...to unravel the mysteries of the moon and the sun..."

If They Are Not Ripe, Then They Are Revolting (2023-09-04) poem unrhymed

"...In tears and want, you start counting the years..."

The Duo's Different Destination (2023-09-11) poem unrhymed

"...feeling fooled by a diet of stinks..."

Ideally (2023-09-18) poem unrhymed

"...An ideal proposition and a process to propose and present a voice..."

The Evening TV News (2023-09-25) poem unrhymed

"...At worst it always ended in teary, brutal bitterness..."

Ours Is an Unbreakable Love (2023-10-02) poem unrhymed

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

Electric Vehicles Are in Town (2023-10-23) poem unrhymed

"...Are the days of polluting vehicles numbered?"

Drought (2023-10-30) poem unrhymed

"...Drought, you speak a bare language of betrayal and brutality..."

What Ties the Two Arts (2023-11-06) poem unrhymed

"...At their core there is a commonality..."

A Neighborly Rebuff And Reminder Amid The Rugby Revels (2023-11-13) poem unrhymed

"...peerless pacesetters, South Africa’s men’s Rugby World Cup team..."

When It Glides And Governs For Two Days (2023-11-20) poem unrhymed

"...pivotal to all life on our delicate planet..."

Mired in Mental and Colonial Captivity (2023-11-27) poem unrhymed

"...A superfluous and ridiculous outlay by any measure..."

A Harmonious Healer and a Pure Gift Gone Too Soon (2023-12-18) poem unrhymed

"...her harmonies breezed ease into the broken hearts..."

A Sugar Fallacy Perpetuated By Bitterness and Bigotry (2024-01-01) poem unrhymed

"...diverse readers were dared into being discerning, diligent, intelligent..."

Without Them There Is Neither Prospect Nor Posterity (2024-01-08) poem unrhymed

"...What exactly is the import of civilization in the 21th century..."

May The Zeal To Stick To Them Live And Thrive (2024-01-15) poem unrhymed

"...getting through the year is a blessing..."

Wouldn't It Be Nice To Listen To Nature? (2024-01-22) poem

"...please put up a good fight..."

We Declare War On Hunger (2024-01-29) poem unrhymed

"...what’s your favorite dish?.."

Food for Thought (2024-02-05) poem unrhymed

"...that past of laxity and ashes..."

Mighty Falls Is The Ultimate Choice (2024-02-12) poem unrhymed

"...Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park , a UNESCO World Heritage Site..."

Charumbira, It’s a Nude and Notorious Genocide (2024-02-19) poem unrhymed

"...How is it not a genocide, Charumbira?..."

When Food Fundis Regurgitate, Orate and Even Irritate (2024-02-26) poem

"... the taxonomy and anatomy of fruits and vegetables..."

Bulawayo’s Quartet of Melodic Maestros (2024-03-04) poem unrhymed

"...all-female a-cappella quintet from Bulawayo, aptly named Nobuntu..."

Have You Been Nudged Or Numbed? (2024-03-11) poem unrhymed

"...Has it made you recover yourself and focus?..."

The Deceitful Dynamics Behind the Dismal Demolitions (2024-03-18) poem unrhymed

"...In Zim, the start of Feb saw the pitiless pulling down of the poor people’s houses..."

Of Credulous and Anxious Flocks and Fans (2024-03-25) poem unrhymed

"...Please tell me more about your dream, darling..."

The Battle Of Pupu: A Testament Of True Heroism (2024-04-01) poem unrhymed

"...the works and legacies of real heroes speak for themselves..."

The Slow Wheel of Yesteryears (2024-04-08) poem

"...Critics say things are rushed in this frantic, fast-paced craze..."

Two Evils, Two Related Terms on the Information Highway (2024-04-15) poem unrhymed

"...One is unintended, the other is purposed..."

ZiG, What You Won't RiG (2024-04-29) poem unrhymed

"You land on the backdrop of mad money laundering..."

18 April, Don’t Be the Poor’s Peril (2024-05-06) poem unrhymed

"...How does one celebrate 44 years of lack of progress..."

Sunlight Will Reappear and Revitalize (2024-05-13) poem unrhymed

"...eclipses that all beings, anywhere, anytime experience..."

BCC’s Central Call for Restoration (2024-05-20) poem unrhymed

"...It is our soul. Our present and future..."

For Now, You Belong To The Wise Workrooms (2024-05-27) poem unrhymed

"...Does it have or can it have a soul?..."

It's All About an Abode, So Get Onboard (2024-06-03) poem unrhymed

"...an abode that houses hopes and happiness..."

A Day of Happiness, Hearing and Heeding the Lessons of History (2024-06-10) poem

"...the echoes of African drums and ululations..."

There Is No Leavened Bread for the Convicted Blacks (2024-06-17) poem unrhymed

"...For the majority, it has been a lumpy, lousy and thorny wobble..."

For the Love of Mood-altering Changes (2024-06-24) poem unrhymed

"... a new, darkish and dancing Friday night..."

Come Along, Let’s Croon Songs Of Restoration And Resilience (2024-07-01) poem unrhymed

I seek more and more band members for this key gig

Who Resembles Who? (2024-07-08) poem unrhymed

"...he values playing a pivotal parental role..."

The One Who Helps (2024-07-15) poem unrhymed

"...Where are Insizas waters..."

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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?...

That Day's General Knowledge Lesson (2022-03-21) fiction humor

Spring makes some writers silly...

Today We Take Off Our Hats to Nurses (2023-06-12) fiction

"...at heart, they embody care and love..."

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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.

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?

Dudula (2022-06-06) essay opinion culture

"Dudula is a splinter group from a segment in the Put South Africans First movement which executed and promoted anti-immigrant sentiment and campaigns on social media networks."

When Wealth Dissipated Like Morning Dew, a Commentary (2023-07-31) essay

Ndaba Sibanda speaks about his latest book.

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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..."

Will he really “face down” China? (2022-11-07) essay opinion

"The UK has a new prime minister…"

Book Review: Trouble for Sale (2023-08-07) book review

Sibanda reviews "Trouble for Sale" by Maina Wahome.

ZiG, How Did You SwiG Your Way Into Existence? (2024-04-22) essay opinion

Zimbabwe has launched a new currency backed by gold...

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Nonfiction

Mohammed Bushera’s Physical Training Is No Exercise in Futility but the Future (2023-01-09) nonfiction

An inspiring, true story...

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