Little Hills of Esigodini | Ndaba Sibanda

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fabulous sight

landforms snake up and down

in an extraordinary fashion

of Nature’s poise and pride

breasts of land projecting

into charged saddles

saddles always midwifed

to gush out milk

of purity and tranquility

the hills though

small in size


short in height

lug and beam

a beauty that towers

the sky of my intrigue

their warmth appendages

the body with a nobility priceless

like a cup of undiluted water

they stand out undisturbed

unchallenged by the ever-jerky

wheels of seasons and weather

during gusty days their music

romances  my ears with

a rare calmness

l feel altogether like

abandoning my journey for them

crowning them my beautiful infinity

during sun-drenched days

their seemingly little panorama

drowns and dazzles my eyes into captivity

an image of snug oases

unparalleled greening of my soul

they snuggle me all the way to the apex

of amity and stimulation

they vacillate between ideal and real

l relish to no end

their serrated depressions and passages

that feel me with a passion

beyond mere touch and tour

they captivate my touch at will

l cannot give them a cursory look

the harder l try to scuttle away

the further and so further

l gravitate into their cuddling glare

they confer upon me the throne

of Nature’s dutiful and indebted admirer

of the stupendous dexterity of our Creator

the little hills that dominate my dreams

those that epitomize a hustle-free haven

for the breezy incubation and birth

of a romance and a love of a lifetime

those are my little hills

they will define and refine my life

so that l get to appreciate the meaning

of dreams and days

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 India, 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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