My Garden of Eden

My Garden of Eden

Life in my ‘Garden of Eden’ went on gaily,

Nothing worried me,

I was so carefree,

I remembered only me,

And walked so light heartedly

And often sang full throatily.

Merrily, merrily, and blissfully.

So full of cheer were my days,

All I had to do was to enjoy like popinjays

Surrounded by love, care, and security.

Till I reached my teens.

I started becoming keen

To explore the world fanciful,

With heart aflame plentiful.

Soon I experienced feelings, sentiments,

Passions growing and ephemeral enjoyments,

Praises, missives, new encounters,

In thousands of colours,

Brought a new world of high self-esteem.

Selfishness reigned supreme,

With self-love in the extreme.

Soon, sudden doubts, sudden strife,

Struck my vulnerable blissful life.

Streaks of moodiness took over,

Satanic thoughts began to hover

In MY Garden of Eden.

Destroying my peaceful haven.

Spring’s gaiety seemed a thing forbidden.

All that made me light, turned to boredom

And dissatisfaction,

And unexpected swings of mood and frustration.

My days were stormy,

With confusion and irascibility.

Examination fears, uncertainties,

Invaded with many other frailties.

Alas! Gone was my light-heartedness,

Life becoming jittery,

Gossips and rivalry attacked me, 

Reducing my life to a mockery.

Fancies strange haunted my mind,

With an urge to have a partner kind,

To bring joy and have peace of mind.

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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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