Intoxicated Steps – Shloka Shankar



My heart skipped a beat

as I waltzed hand in hand

with death.


a handsome, ruddy face

with thin wisps of hair

flayed my face.


I felt an icy palm on the

nape of my neck

as his fingers kept time

with the music.


the air was rancid-

with bodies putrefying…

I was the chosen one-

Death’s own Persephone.


I smiled, looked him in the eye-

turned and twisted…

until we did the Cha-cha-cha!



© 2012 Shloka Shankar.  First published by RaedLeafPoetry-India 2013.


Shloka Shankar resides in Bangalore, India, and holds a Master’s degree in English Language and Literature. An avid reader and passionate writer, she is notable for her work in two reputed anthologies, namely, ‘Traversal of Lines: A Cross-Cultural Anthology’ and ‘The Dance of the Peacock: An Anthology of English Verse from India’. Shloka has also seen her poems published in other online literary journals and websites.

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