Why Not Cater to the More Immediate Needs?


Landing on the moon (1969) with the advent of technology

From the moon of myth of gorgeous Artemis, going away

To the landing on the dead chassis, orbiting the earth.

After tasting panic and splendour of exploration,

Armstrong said, they went up there as space technicians

But returned as humanitarians, ‘the best part of life is internal’

Aldrin’s comment was that ‘it is beautiful, magnificent DESOLATION’.


After solving thousands of problems, the work of scientists,

Engineers, managers and factory workers, was materialised.

Landing on the moon, Armstrong commented ‘one small step

For man, is one giant leap for mankind.’  And the leap 

Is the advent of the digital age, knowledge of the solar system

Use of complex software, in airplanes, cruise control,

Shock absorbers and computers now protecting buildings

And bridges in quake prone regions, rechargeable

And recycling hearing aids, increasing benefits for society.


Since millennia, questions asked about the universe is clearer.

But then, to the more immediate needs, do we cater?

Poverty is still rampant, famine is ravaging millions,

 Diseases are taking heavy death toll in this pandemic.

The educated elite of society with riches plenty,

The great politicians, still need to learn urgently

To have empathy for humanity. Many are simply

Filling their coffers, instead of enriching their souls

With the realisation of the purity of our self,

The path to Godhead, with love for mankind, generosity

And charity. Simply talks, promises or shows of prayer,

Won’t suffice. Action is needed to stop acts of terrorism,

Riots, kidnappings, prostitution, killing for territorial gains.

What we need is universal support, urgent help and protection.


©Pushmaotee Subrun 

Apollo 11 put man on the moon 50 years ago
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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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