Black Lives Matter Poetry by Ndaba Sibanda

These next poems are written by Ndaba Sibanda on the topic of Black Lives Matter. Come show your support by reading and absorbing his words.

From Scars To Stars

There has to be development

You owe it to posterity

To strive for your betterment

There has to be prosperity

Didn`t the parents bear the brunt

Of cultural and social and economic

Scars of history in a sublime fashion?

There has to be development

You owe it to posterity

To strive for your betterment

There has to be prosperity

How They Received Him 

He was moving from door

to door asking citizens 

to give him a big vote 

so that he could become 

their next prime minister 

They chuckled and looked

at him as if they thought:

here`s a man on a mission

to count the number of hairs 

on our bodies in a split second!

From Hogwash To Mouthwash 

she was a lady who shared a great fellowship

that nurtured her as an activist and an educationist 

at first she embodied  a spirit of softness and politeness

later her activism  epitomised an ethos  of civil disobedience 

she delivered speeches that eulogised woman freedom stalwarts   

like Queen Anna Nzinga of Ndongo, Winnie Mandela and Rosa Parks

is Rosa Parks not a heroine because she was tired of giving in?

she would ask rhetorically  about  the modern-day civil rightist     

even days after the broadcast, she couldn`t swallow it—

the bitterness of the verdicts, of the votes, of the statistics

the praise-singers and the public media  fell over themselves

in a bid to sanitise and sugarcoat what was nasty and trashy 

every day she yelled out names , words: boobs, badass, Bobs—

legacy, cancer, cholera, cruelty, crippling chaos, social chasm, curse!!

there was a huge group of citizens who dreamt and drowned in docility 

they blamed everything on fate as they put up with the economic crap 

I heard people plead with her, confessing they too were tired of the nonsense  

she told them: shift from that kind of shit to grit, from hogwash to mouthwash     

Dealing With Attitudes 

A court judge made

the following remarks:

a privileged people should

have a duty and a conscience 

that says we cannot be 

the immortal beneficiaries 

of the imbalances of the past

because we are living in the present

with its demands for equity and equability      

Scandalous Allegations 

I don’t believe these lies

that our black bees

don’t have knees!

I guess these shameful lies

are intended to squeeze

us into a smelly  sleaze!   


A 2019 Pushcart Prize nominee, Ndaba’s poems have been widely anthologised. Sibanda is the author of The Gushungo Way, Sleeping Rivers, Love O’clock, The Dead Must Be Sobbing, Football of Fools, Cutting-edge Cache: Unsympathetic Untruth, Of the Saliva and the Tongue, When Inspiration Sings In Silence and Poetry Pharmacy. His work is featured in The Anthology House, in The New Shoots Anthology, and in The Van Gogh Anthology, and A Worldwide Anthology of One Hundred Poetic Intersections. Some of Ndaba’s works are found or forthcoming in Page & Spine, Peeking Cat, Piker Press, SCARLET LEAF REVIEW, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, the Pangolin Review, Kalahari Review, Botsotso, The Ofi Press Magazine, Hawaii Pacific Review, Deltona Howl, The song is, Indian Review, Eunoia Review, JONAH magazine, Saraba Magazine, Poetry Potion, Saraba Magazine, The Borfski Press, Snippets, East Coast Literary Review, Random Poem Tree, festival-of-language and Whispering Prairie Press.
Sibanda’s forthcoming book Notes, Themes, Things And Other Things: Confronting Controversies,Contradictions And Indoctrinations was considered for The 2019 Restless Book Prize for New Immigrant Writing in Nonfiction. Ndaba’s other forthcoming book Cabinet Meetings: Of Big And Small Preys was considered for The Graywolf Press Africa Prize 2018.
Sibanda’s other forthcoming books include Timbomb, Dear Dawn And Daylight, Sometimes Seasons Come With Unseasonal Harvests, A Different Ballgame and The Way Forward.

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