Amidst the War

Amidst the war
I’m still there
but blinded by
your weapons of ego
you cannot
see me
feel me
breathe me

As an observer,
I can see
your mind’s illusion

As a counsellor,
I whisper
in every human ear
“O human race!
O God’s favourite creation!
Transform prejudice into tolerance
Let the power of communication
flow and blossom into
the flower of negotiation

O human race!
Remember, please remember!
Only love can appease
the heartbeats of hatred
Only love can fly
with the doves of peace

True love has no wall
True love never fragmentizes,
True love never divides the world
into individual segments
True love can only unite
the whole”

O human race!
Amidst the war
my fragrance is veiled
but I’m there, still there
Please stop fighting
because in the end
you can’t deny it
Only love will win.

Vatsala Radhakeesoon is an author of various poetry books and an experimental abstract artist from Mauritius. She writes poetry in English, French, Mauritian Kroel and Hindu, and she has been selected as one of the poets for Guidi Gozzano Poetry contest from 2016 to 2020. She is a representative of Immagine and Poesia, an Italy-based literary movement uniting artists and poets’ works, and is one of the interview editors of the bi-annual online journal, Asian Signature. She lives in Mauritius where she works as a literary translator. Some of her books are available on her Amazon author page. Read other articles by Vatsala.