“Am Struggling for Survival’’, says the fish!

Today I am trying to save myself in the polluted ocean,

For my brethren to survive in our own domain.

Alas! My beautiful ocean home! Look, brainy human beings!

Where is your intelligence gone, reply to me supreme beings? 

You are conquering other planets in nescience,

Why don’t you conquer your conscience?


I am suffocating, so exhausted

My life span is limited,

Look at me struggling, you perfect image of God!

I don’t understand why you need a stronger prod.

Huge patches of garbage are accumulating,

From the West Coast of North America to Japan spreading.


 Awake, on the marine debris think, have mercy

Save from utter devastation for sake of decency.

You know it, that the buoyant plastics show resiliency.

It’s now or never, you will perish if you don’t heed me,

Together, on the journey to hell we shall meet thee,

In unbearable agony.


The pleasures of the sea you will soon forget,

Sure, if the bell of disaster has not rung in you yet,

Forget about great holidaying with your family

On any pristine island, to name one, Hawaii! 

With your vain expectation of sheer glee.

Beware! Your heedless actions will boomerang on thee.


©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 ““Am Struggling for Survival’’, says the fish!

  1. suzette portes san jose

    A HUMAN DISGRACE… it is not only the fish in the ocean that are struggling for survival but the whole of mankind… the world starts and the world shall end too… only time can tell…


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