By Vatsala Radhakeesoon
Queenie the Sloth Queenie the sloth lives in the labyrinth of the Olive Green Pen and toils daily to trace straight lines on pink A4 sheets Her behaviour often confuses me and when I ask her, “Do sloths work so hard?” She laughs then sings, “Banished was I ten years back from Yellow Land of Lazy Hands for building a bridge from Ant-land to River of Silvery Friends O sloths! O sloths! Laze around, laze around and let the Earth rock on its own beats! That’s what most sloths do, don’t they? But I’m Queenie and I’ve chosen my way Yes I’ve dared, I did, I did it and I’m happier with my purposeful life” “But don’t you miss your family? Don’t you ever feel sad on New Year?” I asked “Oh no, no my friend! In life, Never regret! Have a cookie Enjoy a chocolate drink Laugh, pray and let your mission shine all day!" King Snaky-Dragon When King Snaky-Dragon loses a battle he often wears his huge fan-brush hat and orders the largest canvas As he paints a leafy green Pringles can and writes with the finest brush, “Drum it’’. Mischievous Raccoon whispers, “ Flip the fan, flip the fan!” The king frowns and shouts, “Don’t you ever dare to challenge my wise fan!”
Vatsala Radhakeesoon is an author/poet and artist from Mauritius. She has had numerous poetry books published and she is currently working on her flash fiction/short stories book. She considers poetry as her first love and visual art as a healer in all circumstances. Vatsala Radhakeesoon currently lives at Rose-Hill, Mauritius, and is a freelance literary translator and an interview editor of Asian Signature journal.
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