The Scourge of Famine

The Scourge of Famine

I saw the deplorable picture of a human being,

Yes, a famished human being,

Unimaginable!

Really unconceivable!

Shocking!

Heart rending!

There he was,

One of us he was,

And yet not a normal individual,

For he was in circumstances unusual.

Where has our humanity gone?

Like the wind gone?

Has it become immune to the suffering

Of a human being?  

What about the government’s duty?

What about the citizens’ duty?

Are we to stones turned?

Have we become too hard hearted?

Where are we heading?

What are we conquering?

Why don’t we reach our conscience?

Why don’t we remember life’s transience?

Much is said on equality,

On fraternity,

Brotherhood, justice

And peace.

Conferences and glib talk over a thousand

Are being held in all the lands.

What we need is to give immediate help, not only talking,

As upholding human rights, remove the suffering,

Of these destitute beings.  

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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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