Saturday, June 1, 2019




Juliet, oh Juliet,
My heart seems to have disintegrated,
For Juliet, oh Juliet,
Your eyes are the stars and your hair shines like the sun.

Sweet Juliet,
Even in death,
How can you manage to look ever so pretty?

Juliet, sweet Juliet,
I would walk a thousand miles for just one more day with you,
Die a thousand deaths to hear your sweet voice once more,
But now you are gone, and I am nothing without you.

Juliet, dear Juliet,
Hear my voice one last time,
I vow to you, dear Juliet,
That, for you, I will die.

Juliet, my Juliet,
Death has taken you for himself,
And left me all alone.


Hate is such a strong word,
Have you heard that before?
I have - I get forced to use a different slur,
And I get forced to hate more.
Stop and think.

How do actions speak louder than words?
Yet the pen is mightier than the sword?
How can one have faith in the world?
When the world is confused itself?
Stop and think.

But maybe that's a good thing,
Maybe I should look before I leap,
And maybe he who hesitates is lost,
It is these types of sayings that run skin-deep,
But yet it is these types of saying,
around they are tossed.
Stop thinking and do something.


What is a ghost writer?
I found out a few days ago,
When my dear friend Marley wrote to me,
It started with a simple hello,
And carried on, rather graciously.

Good day, old friend, he wrote,
I could almost feel his presence,
Ah, I continued to think about him, I dote,
For it had been a long time - his absence.

He spoke about many things,
Things red, orange and blue,
And everything he wanted to bring,
Back home to me too.

As I neared the end of his letter,
And saw the final stamp, the colour red,
If he had gotten any better,
For Marley, indeed, was long dead.


RIYA HEMANT is a 12-year-old from United Kingdom, writing poetry since the age of six. A student of Class 7, she loves reading, writing, dancing, cycling and swimming, and is learning to play the violin. Riya’s poems have been published in international poetry anthologies such as ‘Amaravati Poetic Prism’ 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 of CCVA edited by Padmaja Iyengar-Paddy, ‘Efflorescence-2019’ of Chennai Poets’ Circle edited by Hema Ravi & Jairam Seshadri, and ‘The Current’ edited by Seena Sreevalson. Her poems have also been featured in the Toronto-based international literary magazine ‘Destine Literare’.  She has recently been invited by this magazine to be a Permanent Contributor. Riya’s poem ‘The Bullet’s Hole’ has received the Mayor of Harrow’s Commendation and she was invited by the Harrow Council  to read her poem before the Mayor and other dignitaries at the Harrow Memorial Day on 11 November, 2018.

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