Poem by Ndaba Sibanda

 

Looking for altruists

Give them value for their money
Tell give them the facts on the ground
Tell them of frank and caring politicians
And they will show you countless crooks
Clad in political attire churning out lies daily

Where are the true nurses and doctors
From a bunch of phony drug-stealing characters
Masquerading as saviours and care-givers?
Where are the true preachers who have
Unselfish concern for the welfare of others in
This group of benchwarmers and entrepreneurs?

Where are the patriots when the cracked pirates
Are busy ransoming every concerned patriot in the
Name of party policies and history and cronyisms?
Where are the true nationalists when masters of
All evil and isms are wreaking havoc with peace
And justice using the number game advantage?

 

Artwork © Ira Joel Haber
Artwork © Ira Joel Haber

 

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.

Ira Joel Haber was born and lives in Brooklyn. He is a sculptor, painter, book dealer, photographer and teacher. His work has been seen in numerous group shows both in USA and Europe and he has had 9 one man shows including several retrospectives of his sculpture. His work is in the collections of The Whitney Museum Of American Art, New York University, The Guggenheim Museum, The Hirshhorn Museum and The Albright-Knox Art Gallery. Since 2007 His paintings, drawings, photographs and collages have been published in over 160 on line and print magazines. He has received three National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, two Pollock-Krasner grants, the Adolph Gottlieb Foundation grant and, in 2010, he received a grant from Artists’ Fellowship Inc. He currently teaches art to retired public school teachers at The United Federation of Teachers program in Brooklyn.

 

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