A Bottled Rose

My pristine freshness,

You try to destroy with your recklessness,

Your dirty claws and animalistic tendencies.

Your monstrous fancies.

Know it that nothing will dwindle my beauty,

king of flowers I shall always be,

Emitting my sweet fragrance,

Even amidst your ruthlessness 

Bent on destruction disastrous,

With your hands malicious.


Yes, I shall be the phantom of delight ever,

My beauty will fade never,

Even if I’m bottled up, I shall still be there,

With my fragrance everywhere

In water, on earth or in the air.

The lord created me to teach you all, to be the giver,

Not to be the destroyer,

To live,

and to let live.

Learn to give up your vanity,

Yes, it is high time, learn to give your egocentricity.


©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.

8 thoughts on “A Bottled Rose

  1. Amita Paul

    An intriguing poem in the shape of a dramatic monologue by a real or metaphoric flower full of beauty and fragrance under attack from monstrous adverse forces whose selfishness threatens to destroy the said flower . However , the flower is confident of the indestructibility of its essence and therefore instructs it’s attackers to give up their purportedly evil designs and instincts .

  2. Brindha Vinodh

    A poem of hope and resilience wherein the flower would not succumb to the evil and monstrous acts and continue to spread the fragrance no matter how much ever caged.

  3. Madhumathy

    Removed from natural environment every animate and inanimate object will suffer.Here there is resignation and resolve to thrive which is the greatest message the poem conveys.

  4. pramilakhadun

    Actually, the poet makes it clear through this lovely poem that whatever be the trial or tribulation of life, we should stay focused on our mission of spreading truth, beauty and fragrance.


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