- Declarative Sentences
My cat carries an unknown blue rag around in her mouth and throws it into a bowl of fresh milk. She likes taking and flaunting objects on walks around the house and yard. She eats her food by taking it out of the bowl with her paw and putting it either on my unimpressed feet or on the innocent carpet. The good, thing perhaps, is that she gifts me an assortment of things, including live locusts, praying mantises, and wriggling worms. She does not chew them. She wraps her paws around my wondering leg too.
- Interrogative Sentences
How does it feel, after carrying unknown rags into the house, and flinging them into bowls of milk? What type of cat would take and flaunt objects in front of its owner, the TV, the mirror, the sofa, and literally everything else in the house? Would that cat sleep soundly and blissfully after committing such crimes? Where`s decency there? Who does she think she is – a boss of sorts? Why doesn’t she eat her food from the bowl? Is that too much to ask? When does she clean the carpet? Why does her friend seem to be impressed and enamoured with all these antics?
- Imperative Sentences
My pet, have fun as your cat friend marvels at you carrying a blue rag. Do I have your permission to wish you well? Come to my place and take some more rags. My instruction is: refrain from bringing foreign objects into my house, including your friend. I command you not to gift me scary live locusts, praying mantises, and worms ever again. Stop forthwith! OK, maybe I`ve sounded too harsh – please don’t give me such scary gifts. My request is: please don’t chase away your friend. He seems to adore you from heaven to earth and back, so think yourself fortunate. Accept his gifts – cloths and all.
- Exclamatory Sentences
What do you think you`re doing?! Taking me on a tour of the house, carrying strange rags! Goodness gracious, you`re sneaky and accumulative! Hey, there`s no more space for your objects in my house! I can`t believe that your friend thinks you`re the smartest and cutest cat around! No wonder he likes purring, chewing his tongue and sucking his nipples! I bet my last dollar no hair will grow there! Let me park it here! Oh, already you`re walking away with your friend, paw-in paw! The cosy twosome – have a good hangout! I`ll miss you! Actually, already missing you! After eating out, you come back and burp in my face as usual!!
Ndaba Sibanda is the author of several books, including: Timebomb: Before the Spring Rains; The Gushungo Way; Love O’Clock; The Dangers Of Child Marriages: Billions Of Dollars Lost In Earnings and Human Capital; A Season To Reason: The Irony of a Loud Silence; Of the Saliva and the Tongue; A Mysterious Visitor to a Mischievous Dance; and The Dead Must Be Sobbing. Ndaba has been nominated for the following awards: National Arts Merit Awards, The Pushcart Prize, and Best of the Net. Some of Sibanda`s works are found or forthcoming in Kalahari Review, Botsotso, The Ofi Press Magazine, Hawaii Pacific Review, Poetry Potion, Saraba Magazine, East Coast Literary Review, and many others. Ndaba blogs here: https://ndabasibanda.wordpress.com/2017/03/26/first-blog-post/
Richard Thomson is a South African multi-disciplinary artist who composes different art forms together, depicting different versions of the same story. It’s always the story of humanity yearning for peace, love and unity. What it means to be in this dualistic world. How to encode the light shining from Source and anchor it here and now through creativity. He has shown work at the Aardklop Festival and at the Klein Karoo National Arts Festival. Experience some more of his creations here: www.themondayclub.net