Ndaba Sibanda grew up in Bulawayo. He has contributed to poetry anthologies such as It's Time, Poems For Haiti , Snippets, and Voices For Peace. In 2013, his hard-hitting poetry collection, The Dead Must Be Sobbing was published. His debut novel, Timebomb is set to be published in the UK in November 2014.
A Storm Of Words
Her retirement was impending
One did not need to listen through
The corridors to hear it threaten
To happen and happen with force
One was expecting to read
Wonderful words of gratitude
Farewell words like good bye
Yet one heard cheeky taboos
And boos booming through
Her retirement was imminently
Threatening or menacing all over
Everyone all of sudden had a voice
In the derelict public amenities angry
Words screamed, “Good riddance!”
The Oddity’s Presence
The eyes shone with a measure of baffling shyness
Seemingly menacing eyes that rolled in their sockets
The head was human except that it was tiny like
A little child's big rocking and twisting doll's skull
It sat on a boulder smoking a strange odorless cigar
The hill with its trees looked awesome that night
It greeted me by my name in accented Ndebele!
Then it smiled childishly and switched on to English
It told me about other peoples and planets far away
It said earthly people knew little about extraterrestrial life
When it said it was looking for a wife to capture and marry
I simply froze for a while before asking to be quietly excused!
It laughed a long but shrill laugh and said knowledge was power
Then while l was still wondering feverishly l saw it fly away on a shiny kite!