The Warrior

by Shiksha Dheda


Setting out to win the battle,

I leave along with me,

myself and I.


The fight is vigorous and brutal.

I lash back with violence;

retaliate with anger.


I fight alongside myself,

against myself, with myself,

for myself and inside of myself.


The battlefield is appalling-

my blood is spilled.

All my energy wasted.


Ill-fate is impossible as

irony rides around the arena

like a fierce stallion.


I alone am the victor.

I alone am the


Author Bio:


Shiksha is a South African of Indian descent. She uses poetry(mostly) to express her internal and external struggles and journeys, inclusive of her OCD and depression roller-coaster ventures. Mostly, however, she writes in the hopes that someday, someone will see her as she is; an incomplete poem. 


Her work has been featured (on/forthcoming) in Mixed Mag,  The Daily Drunk, Visual Verse, The Kalahari Review, Brave Voices, Glitchwords,  Versification, and others. Twitter: @ShikshaWrites