Pasty Precious Pot

 Ndaba Sibanda

I placed your precious pot
on the hot plate promptly
when poetry  said: please
I pronounce my presence 
it's private, it's personal 

I placed your precious pot
on the hot plate promptly 
when poetry said: please 
pitch away poor or prized pots
and pen poems on priorities 

when your food finally cooks well
celebrate and accept my stunned joys
but if it burns into glowing embers, 
please probe your pot and never ever 
pronounce poetry the puerile perpetrator!

Sibanda is the author of Notes, Themes, Things And Other Things, The Gushungo Way, Sleeping Rivers, Love O’clock, The Dead Must Be Sobbing, Football of Fools, Cutting-edge Cache, Of the Saliva and the Tongue, When Inspiration Sings In Silence, The Way Forward, The Ndaba Jamela and Collections and Poetry Pharmacy, Sometimes Seasons Come With Unseasonal Harvests, This Cannot Be Happening: Speaking Truth To Power, Timebomb: The Spring Rains, A Different Ballgame: A Happy Harvest, As If They Minded, and The Dangers Of Child Marriages Billions Of Dollars Lost In Earnings And Human Capital and A Season To Reason: The Irony Of A Loud Silence. Ndaba was nominated for the following awards: National Arts Merit Awards, The Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net. Some of Sibanda`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 How, The song is, Indian Review, Eunoia Review, JONAH magazine, Saraba Magazine, Poetry Potion, Saraba Magazine, Poetry Potion, The Borfski Press, Snippets, East Coast Literary Review, Random Poem Tree, festival-of-language and Whispering Prairie Press. Ndaba blogs here: Let`s Get Cracking! – Ndaba Sibanda –

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