By Vatsala Radhakeesoon
Green Grin At the foot of the hill, where the sunflowers beamed, there lived a tortoise called Green Grin. Every Sunday, it wore its grey ‘Sprint’ shoes and yellow ‘Alien’ hat; It ran around the steady elegant playground and when the summer breeze caressed the young tree leaves, it would somersault as if touching a lower pink cloud. The grey grumpy mice sighed, The red crested birds flapped their wings; Then, everyone unanimously exclaimed, “Indeed it’s peculiar, that creature! Green Grin , the only tortoise who can run! Green Grin the finest sportstortoise who spreads cheer in the whole tropical land!” Splash By the river reflecting golden shimmery dots and fine green lines, I often meet Splash, the grey mouse. Its eyes are deep, philosophical; Its ears unusually pink and big. It often tells me of some Mathematical tales – Some narration of how the Plus and Multiplication signs are results of simple rotation; Some legends of how the Minus and Division signs hold the same horizontal stem. Amidst the hectic routine, when some dark clouds hover over my island, it’s indeed refreshing to chat with Splash, the grey mouse who constantly cherishes numbers.
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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