Black River Gorge -National Park–Mauritius

The mesmerising Black River Gorges National Park covering

An area of 6,574 hectares, all breath-taking,

Offers one of the most panoramic views,

From the top seen in different hues

Dark green, deep blue,

With hills rolling down often lost in a mist.

Like in a dream land full of mist.

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One can walk along the greenery

Reach the highest point, view the amazing scenery,

 Which is the Black River Peak.

The paradisiacal island’s highest peak.

The stretch of azure blue and green protects

Most of the island’s remaining rainforest,

And is home to flora and fauna of many species.

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 It harbours many endangered endemic bird species,

Nine of them found only in Mauritius.

To name a few, the pink pigeon, the Mauritian kestrel

The emerald green Echo parakeet, all endemic to the island

Tell many conservation stories, remarkably.

The dodo’s demise has awakened protection intensely,

And managing endangered species has become a priority.

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Currently, Black River Gorges National Park

Is home to three hundred species of birds

To name a few Mauritian birds,

 The lovely white paille en queue, flying fox,

Cuckoo-shrike, bulbul, olive white-eye, and grey-white eye fody, 

The saved kestrel, pink pigeon and parakeet,

 All flying leisurely, enhance the verdant landscape.

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The colourful birds chirping gaily,

Panoramic views to keep nature lovers happy,

Those who want to do hiking or bird watching,

Or engage in some juicy tropical fruits plucking,

 Are welcome to enjoy in the picnic areas,

Forget harassing troubles, breathe the pure fresh air,

And leave relaxed, with much beauty in their mind’s eye.

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©Pushmaotee Subrun

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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.

6 thoughts on “Black River Gorge -National Park–Mauritius

  1. Amita Paul

    The poem makes the reader wish she could also visit the lovely place / s described in vivid detail by the poet.

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    1. Pushmaotee Subrun Post author

      What a lovely feeback from you! Visit Mauritius sometime… you will love the green landscape, mountains and rivers and the shimmering white beaches!

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    1. Pushmaotee Subrun Post author

      It’s great to go there for walk on a cool summer day…going higher up to the hill… topmost point! Thanks a lot for your motivating comment!

      Reply

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