I Walked Away

I walked away
from gardens that wore
the golden -threaded cloak of lies
I walked away
from the scorching sun that birthed
burns on feminine soul
I walked away
from silent rivers that churned
disguised floods in passionate hearts

One by one
the veils of egocentric sweet talkers fell
like rain on enlightened grounds
They fell out of place, immobile
under the Divine’s eyes
They groaned as Truth wasn’t
their cups of tea
They again attempted to shackle
my soft steps
but I walked away
from their witchy fools’ games that cast
shadows of nonsensical illusion

I walked away
from the mundane that whirled
the snakes of materialism

Rays of soft light caressed
my blank paper, my canvas
I clasped the hand of my True Friend
I smiled, I whispered,

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.