My Baby, my Raison D’etre

My Baby, my Raison D’etre


My spring of joy,

My beloved bundle of joy,

My darling baby,

Mama loves you more than anybody.

Your each and every first babbling words

Enlighten my spirit, brightens my world,

But when you are suffering,

Your pain tugs my heartstrings. 


I wish you all the joys of the world,

Let gaiety envelop you like a flower’s whorl.

To see you as a gentleman I can go miles extra,

Sacrifice my day and night to energise your stamina,

Bear the whims of winter or the scorching sun,

Just to see you shine like the rising sun,

And be as peaceful as the setting deity Atum,

Always glowing, while on the run.


Come, let me inculcate in you,

Some wisdom for others to follow you.

Yes, my baby, always be gentle, respectful, avoid lies,

Be ready to help others when the needs arise.

Be studious and disciplined,

Play with your buddies to sail upwind,

Adopt as motto honesty and goodness,

To secure a decent living with industriousness.


Become a philanthropist.

Have patience and tolerance, be an optimist,

Read avidly books of wisdom, know the Lord’s omnipotence,  

Not to loiter in the forest of material existence.

And when you shine in dignity, with confidence

Your self-esteem will be your weapon for resplendence.


©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.

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