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Sixteen is a sweet age

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Sixteen is a sweet age

this sweet sixteen self should not dare sail  away from the safe habour 
no matter how sweet-talking boys are or archaic parents sound
it has dumped dollies for ‘fun’ boys  and has privileges and rights
but one day it has to unlearn the habit of turning on lights for
romantic rather than economic reasons  when  other sixteens’ 
ballooning  bellies  heave in sight because of boys` menacing
lethal guns or when their bodies lose their natural radiance
because debauchery has ruthlessly ravaged them and turned 
their age absolutely upside-down 

with moderation and vision  and honesty l have to enjoy  life 
because time flies faster than a silhouetted butterfly 





18 December 2012

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  1. Date: 5/9/2013 10:37:00 AM
    This was very well written Ndaba. Ironically I wrote a poem a few years back, the day before my 16th birthday. One can't help, but have these feelings... it takes bravery to not put these thoughts into actions. The silhouetted butterfly line was a nice touch... and indeed it DOES fly faster!

  1. Date: 2/1/2013 3:45:00 PM
    I enjoy reading your reflections here on the age of sweet sixteen. you write very maturely on topics, ndaba.

    Sibanda Avatar Ndaba Sibanda
    Date: 2/1/2013 3:50:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks!
  1. Date: 1/26/2013 2:52:00 PM
    Absolutely moving.. What a great read..

    Sibanda Avatar Ndaba Sibanda
    Date: 1/26/2013 2:59:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you for stopping by!
  1. Date: 1/8/2013 4:29:00 PM
    Ndaba, Congratulations with your winning poem in David's awesome contest.. always~pd

    Sibanda Avatar Ndaba Sibanda
    Date: 1/8/2013 4:56:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    PD, thank you!
  1. Date: 1/6/2013 5:43:00 PM
    Congrad's on your win Light & Love

    Sibanda Avatar Ndaba Sibanda
    Date: 1/7/2013 1:42:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you.
  1. Date: 1/5/2013 9:44:00 AM
    Congratulations on your win friend Ndaba!! Happy New Year and Good day! :)

    Sibanda Avatar Ndaba Sibanda
    Date: 1/5/2013 10:58:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Maria, thank you!
  1. Date: 1/2/2013 8:02:00 AM
    This is a beautiful poem! Congratulations and Happy New Year :)

    Sibanda Avatar Ndaba Sibanda
    Date: 1/3/2013 6:18:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you.
  1. Date: 1/1/2013 7:24:00 PM
    Powerful write..congratulations on your win..Hugs, Holly Moore

    Sibanda Avatar Ndaba Sibanda
    Date: 1/3/2013 7:35:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Compliments of the season to you. Thanks.
  1. Date: 1/1/2013 4:45:00 PM
    Really such a beautiful poem Ndaba and congrats on you win too :D, thank you for your kind visit to my page, it's really a pleasure :D, wishing you a happy new year as well ^^

    Sibanda Avatar Ndaba Sibanda
    Date: 1/3/2013 6:17:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Most welcome!
  1. Date: 1/1/2013 2:42:00 PM
    Congrats on your special win :)

    Sibanda Avatar Ndaba Sibanda
    Date: 1/1/2013 3:01:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    You are most welcome. Happy New Year!
  1. Date: 1/1/2013 7:48:00 AM
    My hearty congratulations on your super win and great write my dear Ndaba! Happy New Year, too! hugs, Leonora

    Sibanda Avatar Ndaba Sibanda
    Date: 1/1/2013 11:36:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Leonora, thank you so much. Wishing you a happy, peaceful and prosperous 2012!
  1. Date: 12/31/2012 5:32:00 PM
    congrats and Happy New Year!

    Sibanda Avatar Ndaba Sibanda
    Date: 1/1/2013 11:38:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Many thanks for the message, and have a Happy New Year as well!
  1. Date: 12/31/2012 4:32:00 PM
    Ndaba congrats on your win..have a Happy New Year..David

    Sibanda Avatar Ndaba Sibanda
    Date: 1/1/2013 11:39:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    David, compliments of the season to you! Thanks.
  1. Date: 12/31/2012 2:18:00 PM
    Big congrats Nbada, and all the best for the new year xx

    Sibanda Avatar Ndaba Sibanda
    Date: 12/31/2012 2:29:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks, Mandy. I wish you a great new year.
  1. Date: 12/26/2012 8:14:00 AM
    thank you Ndaba for sharing your nice write...wishing you have a blessed day :)

    Sibanda Avatar Ndaba Sibanda
    Date: 12/26/2012 9:05:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Sukmawati, thank you. Have a great day, too.