Author Archives: Pushmaotee Subrun

About Pushmaotee Subrun

Pushmaotee Fowdur Subrun was born in 1949 in Mauritius. She pursued higher studies in Delhi University where she graduated in English. For the past forty-four years she has worked in secondary schools, seven years of which she spent in Masvingo, Zimbabwe, teaching English in an army school. She completed her PGCE at the Mauritius Institute of Education in 1993. After her retirement, she was a member of the Council of the University of Mauritius for three years. She is currently a reader and editor in the Ministry of Arts and Culture. She has written one novel, one play and Short Stories and Fables. Her poems have featured in Setu Magazine, ‘Poetry and Creativity’ and in Atunis Poetry.

The Battle Between the Heart and the Brain

Some people say we should follow our heart

Not the brain,

And others say, use your brain not your heart to decide.

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Well, usage of the brain with millions of neurons at work,

Without the heart in it,

Will lead into a labyrinth of blind darkness,

Into blind ignorance, nay to greater darkness

If they devote themselves to brain knowledge alone.

Sunless will be those worlds

Where materialistic happiness reigns supreme,

Robbing one of all intelligence,

Attached simply to fruitive activities.

The heart is much swifter than the mind

Sees all existence as one,

Shines with love, care and empathy.

Ready selflessly to be there for humanity

One can almost hear the heart speaking

“Can’t you see the number of crimes, mass destruction,

Treachery, divorces? Logic is not being used rightly,

People do not trust their hearts.

Hearken to me my brethren, the heart is stronger,

More resilient, can bear any stabbing, cheating

And it keeps on working without giving up,

It keeps saying, give a try again.”

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Yes, let us use our brain to save our heart,

We need to save the world, we need to propagate

Love, hope, faith, humility, decency, respect.

Brain can say, “Look at me, most people choose me, honour me,”  

But the heart will reply “I hold the answers you cannot see,

If you believe in me, the world will be saved I promise thee!”

. ©Pushmaotee Subrun

Light your own torch

If your beloved, your love did not requite,

Realise your own worth by yourself and call it quit

Surely, to love yourself you were being taught,

So, starting to give yourself more you ought.

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Indeed! Why worry about love from outside?

Light your own torch from deep inside,

Make it shine bright,

To illuminate your life in direction right.

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Realise you are your own best friend,

For you will be permanently with you till your end,

So, just forgive, have faith and be highly inspired,

Before your valuable time on earth will be expired.

©Pushmaotee Subrun

Mother Earth Greets the New Dawn

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In the auspicious hour of silence, Mother Earth greets the new dawn.

Revelling, savouring the smiling crack of dawn,

The dawn, full of hope, of life and creation,

In the vegetative world with its mysteries, increasing the fascination.

The silhouettes of trees start revealing their verdant beauty,

Ready to conquer the first morning air as darkness dissipates steadily,

To display mesmerising hues of red and pink in the eastern horizon. 

As an enticement to join the celebration,

Soon increasing with the myriads of hues, the fascination,

And redeemed by this phenomenon, nature dances in exhilaration.

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In awe stands the poet, full of admiration of this silent beauty.

Soon the sun peeps out of the skyline gradually, 

And the magical beauty captivates him,

Heart and soul, and the thrill sweeps over him, 

He thinks of glorifying in his aubades, 

This diurnal revolution of the earth in different shades.

No less attracted is the artist who starts visualising

Of presenting this awesome divine moment in his painting.

Will he be able to portray even a fraction of this phenomenal beauty?

Will he, the mortal, achieve in depicting this magnificent scenery?

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He is not alone to be lost in radiant hope and admiration,

Soon the birds start twittering melodiously in unison,

Flying from one branch to another with much gaiety,

The mynahs peep full throatedly,

The red fody proudly perches on one branch, single,

Not at all wishing with others to mingle,

The serin bird is already at work, doing its best,

Skilfully ripping the choicest palm leaves to weave its nest.

The emboldened paille-en-queue soars higher and higher gaily,

Parading its unique beauty majestically.

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Every blade of grass seems to rejoice.

The leaves awake to the sunlight to power photosynthesis,

All the flowers send out fragrant scents, full of enthusiasm,

The flower buds of sunflowers start exhibiting their heliotropism,

Attracting the bees which soon start going around,

And soon the honeycombs with honey abound,

The butterflies add to the ambiance, flying merrily around,

The grasshoppers hop gaily in jubilation,

As if to rejoice in the celebration,

Of the radiant rising sun.  

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The freshness, the beauty and the gaiety abound.

The auspicious hour and the serenity around 

 Awakes in the human world, the desire for divine connection,  

To feel His omnipresence and His intervention,

In each thought, each decision and action,

And to bow down in thankfulness and veneration

To the Supreme Lord of this wonderful creation,

For continuous guidance and benediction, 

The benediction of love, hope and faith as assurance 

To fill the new day with profound serenity and peace.

©Pushmaotee Subrun

Radiating Contentment is the Quintessence

Radiating Contentment is the Quintessence

With limbs or half upper limbs in our human existence,

Radiating contentment is the quintessence

On your countenance,

Braving the world stoically with resilience

Is what matters by the Lord’s munificence.

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The brilliant joie de vivre emitting, is catching,

Magic ripples automatically start forming,

In circles, again and again, extraordinarily increasing,

With positive vibes more and more undulating,

Far beyond eternity, in the universe reaching.

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And what we need is fellowship and amity

To make this world more beautiful wholly.

Let love, care, and comprehension, 

 And empathy be our utmost emanation,

To save the world from social starvation

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Many are those who are millionaires

Proudly putting on airs

Of being the smartest

The most connoisseur and wisest

When actually, their attitude is like a desert

With no life, no warmth touching the heart.

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Hence, let’s try to reach the uttermost limit,

On this world’s stage, be examples of being a hit.

Let us shine like the brightest star,

Our physical appearance should not mar,

And the world will stand up and say,

Yes, here is somebody whom you cannot dismay! 

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©Pushmaotee Subrun

Let us Save Our Planet!

It is high time we save our planet,

Our life giving, life sustaining planet,

Our beneficent mother earth from whose womb we came,

And who will our lives ultimately claim.

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We have witnessed disasters unseen,

Calamities so unforeseen,

Lost so many near and dear human beings.

Brace up now, oh ye the Lord’s image, ye human beings!

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Save our planet from factors such as temperature, radiation,

Climate, chemistry and geology which need consideration.

For, due to environmental issues, the climate is changing rapidly,

Smog and acid rains are becoming frequent jeopardy,

With flood, famine, drought, landslides hitting calamitously.

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We are precariously polluting the air, water and noise poisonous,

With industries discharging their untreated waste hazardous

Into the water bodies, on soil, and in air alarmingly.

And the greenhouse gasses increase the temperature considerably,

With further pollution by our vehicle and factories, catastrophically.

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Why not resort to electric vehicles or those powered by solar energy,

With sustainable wind energy, which are all environment friendly?

And why not conserve more natural habitats with promptitude,

Manage those that already exist, increase production of food

On cleared land, to minimize mineral exhaustion and increase fuel wood?

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Furthermore, to maintain the balance of the ecosystem, reforestation

Will boost the natural cycles and help in groundwater restoration.  

If we ‘Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle’ we shall ameliorate the situation.

Indeed! It is time to heed the calamitous situation,

Otherwise, doom will embrace us, with much ruination!  

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©Pushmaotee Subrun

“Am Struggling for Survival’’, says the fish!

Today I am trying to save myself in the polluted ocean,

For my brethren to survive in our own domain.

Alas! My beautiful ocean home! Look, brainy human beings!

Where is your intelligence gone, reply to me supreme beings? 

You are conquering other planets in nescience,

Why don’t you conquer your conscience?

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I am suffocating, so exhausted

My life span is limited,

Look at me struggling, you perfect image of God!

I don’t understand why you need a stronger prod.

Huge patches of garbage are accumulating,

From the West Coast of North America to Japan spreading.

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 Awake, on the marine debris think, have mercy

Save from utter devastation for sake of decency.

You know it, that the buoyant plastics show resiliency.

It’s now or never, you will perish if you don’t heed me,

Together, on the journey to hell we shall meet thee,

In unbearable agony.

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The pleasures of the sea you will soon forget,

Sure, if the bell of disaster has not rung in you yet,

Forget about great holidaying with your family

On any pristine island, to name one, Hawaii! 

With your vain expectation of sheer glee.

Beware! Your heedless actions will boomerang on thee.

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©Pushmaotee Subrun

Albert Schweitzer – the Great Humanitarian

What a zeal and determination in the philanthropist,

The winner of Nobel Peace Prize, the humanist,   

Albert Schweitzer!  One of the critics of colonialism,

He felt that culture creates partition.

From civilized men having no care,

But speaking only of human rights they dare.

They do not honour these rights,

Difference of skin is their might.

So cruel of them, so deplorable,

Wretched souls, so inacceptable, 

Atrociously to rob the lands of native inhabitants,

Making slaves of them and causing discontent. 

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Vain talks on equality,

Vain the nature of those devoid of humanity,

Vain possession, vain ephemeral glory!

With no remorse, no repentance,

With no conscience,

Those wrong doers must have reached purgatory,

And suffered unthought of agony.

Why not avoid self-inflicted harm and damnation? 

If we desire genuine happiness and salvation,

It’s high time to selflessly cater to universal pacification.

©Pushmaotee Subrun

Hold your Head High and Walk.

If you keep on trusting your guts,
When others are doubting you,
Hold your head high and walk.

If you are not involved in duplicity,
When so many others are deep in it,
Hold your head high and walk.

If you can have tolerance,
When others are tearing each other apart,
Hold your head high and walk.

If you can respect all
Irrespective of caste, colour and creed,
Hold your head high and walk.

If you have love, hope and faith,
In this terrible pandemic, spread the positivity,
Hold your head high and walk.

If you can still give after being spurned,
And can forgive and forget, why worry?
Hold your head high and walk.

©Pushmaotee Subrun

Sunday Here Already

Sunday here already, apace running,

Phoebus’ steeds galloping,

The usual chores need completing,

Cleaning, laundry, tidying, cooking,

Feeding the dogs, walking them without leash,

Feeding the ever-hungry fish,

But most interesting is checking my mails,

Reading poems, which do not others assail,

Or watching old video clips posted in mails.

Sunday is here running anon,

One more day gone,

Soon it will be a thing bygone.

It is unpredictable what will happen till end of the day.

Been ruminating over my success of the previous day,

Effectively using watermarks on my anthology,

Satisfaction speeds my activities considerately.

 I must write and edit the poems, need further imagination,

 Appropriate imagery, tone, syntax, mood and diction.

Sunday does not wait,

As time and tide do not wait,

I must wrap up the business of the day.

The library books are stacked  away,

Together with my books choicest,

More spare time needed to savour them best.

Do not be greedy you lover of books,

You will get time by hook or by crook

To accomplish your deep desires,

Just need to keep cool, to concretise your wishes.

©Pushmaotee Subrun


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A Brighter Future

Always try to pave a brighter future,

Put all aspects in front of you,

View them thoughtfully,

And open your eyes honestly.

Find, search which part of you

 Needs to be nurtured lovingly,

Or attended to with immediacy

And you will discover

Where you have neglected.

Remember the ultimate goal,

Keep positive and grounded,

Spread the good news

To cheer others immersed

In this serious neglect.