The story of life is quicker than the wink of an eye.

Man has a short span of life,

 Always boasting mountain high

When actually the story of his life

Is quicker than the wink of an eye,

Like the rapid swat on a fly.


The longevity of even trees

Is far more than that of man. The baobab tree

Lives more than a thousand years.

Comparatively, man, the puny helpless creature,

Can live roughly hundred years.


Now, when we think of our planet of 4.54 billion years,

Comparatively, man lives for split seconds.

But we show off a lot, full of vanity,

 Full of pomposity,

So very greedily,

As if we own the universe wholly.  


In the wink of an eye

The story of our life ends,

A life full of sound and fury, signifying

Nothing, absolutely nothing,

We become inconsequential specks of dust, scrabbling


And so insignificantly.


©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.

4 thoughts on “The story of life is quicker than the wink of an eye.

  1. amitapaul

    The harm man can do and more importantly that he has done already to the earth should not be underestimated just because human life is short or human civilisation is not as old as the planet : witness , the Anthropocene .

  2. Pushmaotee Subrun Post author

    Thanks dear poet …you are quite right… totally agree with you that with our ‘best brains’ we can do the worst harm ever to our planet!

    1. Pushmaotee Subrun Post author

      Agree totally with you dear poet! Gratitude to you for your precious comment!


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