I do not look like the goddesses the holy books describe.
I do not wear the crown with poise, or speak my words with
grace, or turn the other cheek every time, like Jesus asked.
I do not have sole focus or meditative peace in every waking
and I often chase mindfulness mindlessly.
You won’t find me at Sunday services clad in seven meters of
Or bathing the beloved in milk & honey.
I am filled to the brim with delicious desires,
spread thick with human curiosity.
I wear marks on my skin—some permanent & some ephemeral
& bells on my ankles.
I fall down,
choose bad lovers,
kiss lying mouths,
waste time & money too.
I court danger and peace at the very same time, hoping one will
lead me to the other.
You will find me where the wild things are –
pure, truthful, free.
I can drink green tea with Tenzin, or butterbeer with Rowling, or
double shot whiskeys with Aubrey.
There is no limit to the genres I can incorporate,
no separation between all the people I can be.
a Goddess created as a collaboration between God and me
Ria Naidoo has been writing short stories and poems since her days in primary school. She enjoys poetry based on real-life events or observations of life around her. She hopes to expand her writing into an artistic expression of navigating a modern life with its unique experiences.