The Pursuit of Happiness in Simplicity

Many are those who seek happiness

In luxuries of life, surrounded by plenteousness,

And yet are miserable ever more,

Always dissatisfied and greedy for more,

And not being able to achieve more,

Can resort to violence,

Destroying their own peacefulness

And that of others’ exuberance.

Thus, in wealth wallowing

Frustration can creep in steadily,

Toxicity, worsening with greed and jealousy.


If we look at a youngster engaged in a simple escapade,

Engaged in a pleasant ride in a verdant landscape,

In the remote area of a serene village,

The way lived the wisest sage,

Being engaged in whatever gives contentment,

We can see that the youth lives for the moment,

With no worry, making the best of his present.

Playing with a discarded wheel can give him heavenly joy.

He does not need any toy costly,

Leave it to the opulent, full of covetousness filthy. 


So fascinatingly, yet in all simplicity, deriving sheer bliss

Just running after his ‘delight giver’ without any miss,

Taking a side path prudently, with no traffic,

To impede his pursuit of happiness in this mood terrific,

To focus on his game is all he needs.

Yes, the world is at his feet, heed,

When it comes to a cheery living,

Away from the world’s strife distressing,

UNLIKE THOSE with much ado about nothing,

Over fleeting happiness, bothering!


©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.

2 thoughts on “The Pursuit of Happiness in Simplicity

  1. Amita Paul

    The poet reflects upon the importance of temperament and conditioning on the pursuit of happiness , which is perceived by many as the main goal of human existence . However, a return to childlike innocence in pastoral surroundings is just not practicable for most human beings today, and the cultivation of childlike simplicity in today’s urban milieu is a virtual impossibility .

    1. Pushmaotee Subrun Post author

      Yes definitely, this is not for an urban setting …this is on pure, simple joys in a simple milieu! The topic speaks for itself dear poet “The Pursuit of Happiness in Simplicity”…Thank you


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