Tears suffused
with the colour
of sorrow
wash out
hues of joy
you brought
into my life

Vivid shades
of passion
you aroused
glistened on
heated skin
I drench
with the
cold shower
of reality

Now you are gone
I let myself sink
into the
colourless depths
of my existence
staining it red
with my life
one last burst
into darkness


Living in Singapore, India-born UMA VENKATRAMAN is a journalist with a passion for poetry. She has been published in anthologies such as Good Morning JusticeAlong The Shore and Beyond The Hill, and online in The Rising Phoenix Review, Amethyst Review, and the Plath Poetry Project. She has also taken part in Tupelo Press’ 30/30 Project.