Chained to Disturbing Thoughts

Man is born free and yet is not free 

Life has surprises, not always a spree.

We are often chained to thoughts,

Chained to the past,

Chained to traditions,

Chained to society,

Chained to family,

Chained to unfulfilled dreams,

And chained to disillusion. 

When we feel the fetters,

We feel suffocated,

Yes, we feel like flying away

To freedom, to light heartedness, to happiness,

To a far, far away natural nest,

To an Elysian field,

To a green grove, or veld…


Unfortunately, imprisoned, with our thoughts dreary

Like being bottled up, so uneasy

Bottled up for long tedious days

Can be life sucking nay!

Misery intensifies,

Frustration multiplies,

With nowhere an outlet,

Suicidal thoughts creep in hell-bent.

And being disillusioned and full of confusion,

We can become victims of hallucination.


©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.

4 thoughts on “Chained to Disturbing Thoughts

  1. Pushmaotee Subrun Post author

    My thanks and deep gratitude to you dear poet Louis Kasatkin for this critical comment … am humbled.


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