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!


Ndaba Sibanda

About 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’s poems, essays and short stories have been published in Africa and the US. 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 lives in Saudi Arabia.
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