Recalling 40 Days of Abstinence

by Ndaba Sibanda

It ushered in a time of love,
Did they light massive bonfires 
On hilltops and churchyards?
Or exchange gifts like bonnets,
Clothes, Easter Eggs or chocolates? 

I saw them gather around the table,
Celebrate life and family, celebrate 
And create lifetime lovely memories,
Come together over a majestic meal,
There was fun, food and fellowship.

Did kids watch the immersion of eggs 
In a glittering, colored dye or did they
Wear Easter hats and hit the road?   
Did devout souls observe Lent through 
Prayer, fasting or an act of service?   

Ndaba Sibanda is a Bulawayo-born poet, novelist and nonfiction writer who has authored twenty-eight published books of various genres and persuasions and coauthored more than 100 published books. Some of Ndaba`s works are found or forthcoming in Page & Spine, Piker Press, Scarlet Leaf Review, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, the Pangolin Review, Kalahari Review, Botsotso, The Ofi Press Magazine, Hawaii Pacific Review, Deltona Howl, The Song Is, Jonah Magazine, Saraba Magazine, Poetry Potion, Saraba Magazine,  The Borfski Press, East Coast Literary Review and Whispering Prairie Press. Sibanda has received the following nominations: the national arts merit awards (NAMA), the Mary Ballard Poetry Chapbook Prize, the Best of the Net Prose and the Pushcart Prize.

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