"Convulsive Tendencies" and "There Is a Method in Her Madness"

Convulsive Tendencies 


the road looks like it is running away

and one wishes one had more than

a pair of eyes—maybe two sideways

and of course- at the back of the head


sometimes the car convulses or gallops

especially when it thinks one`s legs

on the pedal and brakes are playing

fool with its little moody mechanics



There Is A Method In Her Madness


“Does this bring food to my little table?

How many times should I tell villagers here

I no longer want to hear about that name?

Do you want my granddaughters and sons

who are sweating it out in foreign lands

to starve me after getting wind that I am

attending useless meetings arranged

by the same crazy and clueless fellows

who ran everything down and as if that

were not enough damage-- chased good

citizens through violence and hunger?

Look at you: unemployed, starving

and coming here with: Gogo, there`s

a meeting. What! Wake up. You

want me to vomit? Get out, out!!!”


Granny Masuku`s stick landed

hard and severally on an image

emblazoned on the front

of the visitor`s worn-out shirt.

The visitor was sent packing.

That incident sent the village

wagging tongues. Some people

said it was because of senility

or madness or both . All agreed

that whatever it was there was

a mantra and a method in it. 



Ndaba Sibanda

Ndaba Sibanda is a passionate author whose works of art have been featured in several international anthologies, magazines and journals. He is the author of Love O`clock and The Dead Must Be Sobbing. He has co-authored more than twenty-five published books.


Edited for Unlikely by Jonathan Penton, Editor-in-Chief
Last revised on Wednesday, July 27, 2016 - 11:10