Reality or Imagination

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Oscar Wilde’s ‘The picture of Dorian Gray’

Has had a continued impact on my mind, nay,

Held my imagination captive,

Not that I am too naïve,

But well, somehow my imagination ran riot,

With the story’s plot.

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The other day, in a ceremony, I stopped by grievously,

Looking at my friend’s picture with a sigh, heavy.

But to my relief, the picture seemed to convey

Something unbelievable; She seemed to say,

Why was I grieving for her, that she was happy,

With not a thing about which to worry,

Far from the mundane world’s burden,

There up in heaven.

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Was it my imagination fretful?

Whatever it was, that she is blessed plentiful,

Somehow convinces me that really,

We might experience this state of mind heavenly,

When we leave this corporeal frame,

We call our own, ever hankering for name,

Working like donkeys to achieve fame.

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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.

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