Albert Schweitzer – the Great Humanitarian

What a zeal and determination in the philanthropist,

The winner of Nobel Peace Prize, the humanist,   

Albert Schweitzer!  One of the critics of colonialism,

He felt that culture creates partition.

From civilized men having no care,

But speaking only of human rights they dare.

They do not honour these rights,

Difference of skin is their might.

So cruel of them, so deplorable,

Wretched souls, so inacceptable, 

Atrociously to rob the lands of native inhabitants,

Making slaves of them and causing discontent. 


Vain talks on equality,

Vain the nature of those devoid of humanity,

Vain possession, vain ephemeral glory!

With no remorse, no repentance,

With no conscience,

Those wrong doers must have reached purgatory,

And suffered unthought of agony.

Why not avoid self-inflicted harm and damnation? 

If we desire genuine happiness and salvation,

It’s high time to selflessly cater to universal pacification.

©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 “Albert Schweitzer – the Great Humanitarian

  1. amitapaul

    The poet focuses on a historical personality and the spirit of service and compassion in this poem . The poem reminds us of Schweitzer’s saying :

    Until he extends his circle of compassion to include all living things, man will not himself find peace.”

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