The insidious friend

The insidious friend

How can I tell my plight!

Oh, what a tangled web you had woven!

With the net of sugar-coated words,

And trapped me in the grip of fraudulence,

Only to send me in the deserts of  sorrows and teary ocean.

A sheer confusion, misdirection,

And a rope to the fake boat of temptation, you created,

Just to get the power and  strength, hun?


How can I tell the way you treated me, spread your lethal trap!

I thought you’re my well-wisher, but, you, a trickster?

I can’t forget the marvelous day that became the dark,

When we spent some time together,

You said, β€œLet’s take a bath in  the river together!”

Oh! Yes, you! Was it just to deceit me, Right?

You came out of the water, took my clothes,

Sprinkled on me some grains of bitterness and ran away!


O Crook, you eroded my strength and my very foundation.

As when I came out of the river,

The world saw me naked with sprinkled bitterness,

Turned their gaze away with rage

I then returned, disappeared, and hid in the abyss

Since then, you, a trickster LIE, traveling around dressed in my attire?

But how long? Truth anyways, triumphs!

I know, now, the world harbors no wish to meet a naked or bitter TRUTH,

As you satisfy the needs of society…

Pooja Mandla


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Written by Pooja Mandla

Β Pooja is an educator by profession but a word weaver by passion. She has a BSc in Medical, an M.Phil. in English literature and, a B.Ed. degree from Punjab(Chandigarh) University.

She loves to read, write, draw and travel. She finds inspiration from nature and the surrounding people. She is passionate about writing poems and is a regular contributor to several online platforms, where she has won many prizes.Β 

Her poems have been published inΒ  11 anthologies so far by the various Publishing house and, a few are in process.Β  Two of her poems have recently been selected for two different anthologies by an International press called Sweetycatpress. Her poems have also been published in International magazines like Literoma and Innsaei Journals.

She has recently been awarded with the award of appreciation for the ANNUAL WORDSMITH AWARD 2021 by ASIAN LITERARY SOCIETY.

Goodnight, Twinkling Dreams!

Wailing Woods