Damaged Goods Contest Submission by Author, Ndaba Sibanda
Rising To The Challenges Of Today
History is a story of now,
a story of today’s activities
that becomes a story of the past.
History is not only a story of sorrow,
but a carefully-crafted story of tomorrow–
a story of what to initiate, swallow or follow.
History is a drawing shaped
by people’s decisions and actions–
usually bold, boring but big and beautiful.
History is a victim’s fight to claim a future,
it is an aggrieved people’s stride to a destiny
through a clearly defined collective and active voice.
History is yesterday’s atmospheric pressure
playing out through today’s barometers of life.
History is more than a story—it is an awakening.
History is not a passive past,
but a present progressive response
to the challenges of today and tomorrow.
It is our upset tummies crying out day and night
for nothing short of the detoxification and protection
of our bodies from yesterday and today’s abdicables.
History is you and I doing something
about our present and future situations,
making life-changing decisions and actions.
Therefore, be brave, be ready because history
is certainly coming for and counting on you.
Today’s actions are tomorrow’s light or shadow.
Ndaba Sibanda was a 2005 National Arts Merit Awards (NAMA) nominee. He compiled and edited Its Time (2006), and Free Fall which has been accepted for publication in India.. The recipient of a Starry Night ART School scholarship in 2015, Sibanda is the author of Love O’clock, The Dead Must Be Sobbing and Football of Fools. He has contributed to more than twenty-five published books.