A sweet heartening promise really enlivens, 

Cheering up a loner, sweetness abounds,

But when we are for a ride driven,

Something inside is broken,

Physical pleasure relaxes,

It can wane and the morale of the betrayed, taxes.


Most relationships spring up with declarations of loyalty,

But sooner or later become musty.

Indeed, many are those who are simply temporarily loyal,

Once needs are met, they display fangs of betrayal.

The poor betrayed heart,

Hoping against hope, expects the soothing of the hurt.


Reading pacifies, music can drive distances,

But can remind about the grievances,

Followed soon by sprouts of the next stab of doubt,

Felt in the heart, in the soul, in and out.

Certainly, he/she who inflicts this pain,

Gloats on the gain.


Lucky is the person who finds loyalty.

Certainly then, appreciation should be shown sincerely,

Otherwise, loyalty will fly

Like dust high up in the sky.

Crumbling the joie de vivre completely,

Devastating peace of mind entirely.


©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.

5 thoughts on “Promises

      1. Amita Paul

        I really don’t know why this website is getting the spelling of my name wrong though the avatar is correct .

        Amita Paul


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