Empathy

We are not living in the Golden Age,

When empathy for others was depicted in that age,

The age of humanity,

The age of listening to others attentively,

Reverently,

Willingly,

Empathetically,

Those were the golden days really,

The age of deep human feelings,

The age of real sharing.

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Now, all we practice is cut-throatism,

In our world of materialism,

Full of egoism,

To go to the moon, most eagerly aiming,

When on earth, so many are dying,

Of utter poverty, yes yearning,

For basic needs and perishing,

So miserably,

So heartbreakingly,

Sleeping on pavements,

Exposed to harsh weather and ailments!

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Empathy for one and all is a wishful thinking, really,

For domination of the have-nots rule the wealthy!

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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 “Empathy

  1. VijayNair

    A poem that reflects the poet’s sadness about the contemporary world’s lack of empathy and social consciousness.

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  2. GEETHA RAVINDRAN

    A poet always looks at things around him searching for human values, empathy for the sufferers mailnly. the poet duly expresses the same.

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  3. Amita Paul

    An empathetic poem reflecting on the unjust social order and the kind of pain it can afflict on the weaker sections .

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