Author Archives: Pushmaotee Subrun

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.

Life is Beautiful

Life is beautiful where there is comprehension,

Where there is compassion,

Equity and justice,

Love and peace.

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With doses of patience,

And much tolerance,

Life can be made bearable,

Nay beautiful.

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Stunning can be life, like a lotus plant blooming

Even in muck, with life dazzling,

With allowances made regularly,

To inconsiderate, ruthless people.

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Energy sapped by life sucking situations,

Can be replenished through meditation,

Resilience, and fervent prayer

Yes, complete surrender to the Lord, our Saviour.

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Self-love is a must to supply continually,

For oneself, moments of respite constantly,

Either through exercise or a walk regularly,

To keep boosted recurrently.

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Life is beautiful if we try to find the beauty,

 By doses of positivity.

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@Pushmaotee Subrun

Mauritius

The Bridal Veil

Hidden behind the veil dear beautiful bride,

Your parents’ pride,

Their lifelong dream to see this day

This very auspicious day,

Eyes shining like twinkling stars,

Nay, a galaxy of stars,

Be not so coy,

Oh, you the bridegroom’s joy!

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Wait pretty one,

Wait the chosen one,

One, two, three, four, five, six, seven times,

Round the fire you’ll go, remember seven times,

To swear, with love, with expectation,

To follow your life companion,

Through path thorny or smooth, with devotion,

in total submission.

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And when the veil goes down,

To be tucked around,

Be ready,

And steady.

The decorative bridal henna on the hands,

With vigorous work at hand,

Will be busy tackling challenges, forgetting the ease,

Having one and all to please.

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Oh, the moment heavenly,

Of being under the lovely bridal veil, momentarily,

All decked up, shining in glory,

Of paradise gained though transitorily,

Awaiting romanticism, and love unfathomable,

In the warmth of nuptial bliss, unforgettable,

Great holy vows,

Heart going wow, wow, wow!

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And with a heigh and a ho,

With much pomp and show!

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@Pushmaotee Subrun

Mauritius    

Less ego,more Soul

Less ego, more soul.

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Hard it is to cast aside our ego

Sticking to us like power glue,

Giving  the sense of self importance,

When actually it is the root of utter nescience,

Yes ignorance;

Ignorance which hampers the soul

From seeing one and all,

As the Lord’s creation justly,

Meting peace and spreading amity,

Love, respect and unity.   

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Less ego will lead to having more feelings,

Soulful feelings,

Spreading beauty of fellowship, understanding,

Beauty of sharing,

Empathising,

Protecting,  

Yes, kindheartedness,

Keeping a distance from self-centeredness,

Instead, practising selflessness,

Yes, the soul’s beauteousness,

To be able to enjoy lightheartedness.

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@Pushmaotee Subrun

Mauritius

A knock on the door of my heart

Knock knock! Hello am here,

Knocking on your heart! Beware!

I come to wreak havoc on your peace of mind,

Whether you mind or don’t mind.

Ever and anon will remind you of that ingratitude,

Which brought turmoil to you and servitude

On your knees to Chaos when you were basking in plenitude.

That heartbreak when your love turned venomous,

Stung you devastatingly, so disastrous!

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But well, your human heart endowed with piety,

Saved you ultimately.

And that moment of jealousy

And accusation that sent you reeling,

With pain and torrents of tears blinding,

Again, you won by defeating,

Me though mayhem over mayhem

I brought you, do you remember them?

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I shall knock again in your vulnerable moment

Have a respite till then, for come to you I will, I bet!

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@Pushmaotee Subrun

Mauritius

If you aim nothing, you hit nothing.

If you aim nothing, you hit nothing.

Simply for glories expecting,

No effort making,

Disillusioned you will be.

Of this rest assured, a lazy drone don’t be!

Miracles happen to those who burn the midnight oil,

Who sweat for it, toil and moil.

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Aim high always,

Following the right path always,

Then and only then, hits expect to welcome,

And successful you will become.

The fable of the grasshopper

And the ant, remember.

That’s lesson for life not to go asunder.

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Mauritius.

Everything you need will come to you at the perfect time.

Everything comes at an opportune time,

What we need is patience,

And perseverance,

Dedication continuous,

Uninterrupted work assiduous,

Doses of optimism,

Yes, enthusiasm.

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Gradually will come the time to harvest,

After having built our nest,

With work to our best

Ability, to ultimately rest

At the perfect time on our laurels,

Being blessed by the Almighty, quite well,

Coming to us as a marvel.

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Mauritius.

Do good and good will come to you.

DOING good and being good,

Bestowing time, showing dedication, love,

Honesty, sincerity, trust and comprehension,

Much tolerance,

Making much allowance, 

Honouring and supporting totally,

Are the kind of thoughts that count truly.

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Seeing the world with understanding,

Empathy, respect for human beings,

Humanity, for the downtrodden,

Just brotherhood, consideration

Casting away the prejudices,

Accepting differences,

To give peace,

To live and let live, to give justice,

Are certainly right reflections of kindness. 

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Thus, doing good,

Will consequently invite good.

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@Pushmaotee Subrun

Mauritius

Half hope half agony

Cupid’s arrow has pierced my soul,

Oh, it’s no more whole,

Bleeding on and off,

For your love, wearing off,

And yet methinks, of hope a ray,

Shines but flickers nay!

Am bemused utterly,

And pine for its pristine state forlornly.

It’s as if in half agony

And half hope unsteadily!

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Indeed, I need a helping hand to rise urgently

For my tired heart and soul not to perish imminently.

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@Pushmaotee Subrun        

Do good and good will come to you.

Do good and good will come to you

A thousand folds anew.

Be kind as kindness as it is a boon from Heaven.

Adopt kindness for you to enliven.

B true to yourself and kind

To all mankind.

You will be rewarded tenfold,

You have often heard this told.

Let kindness with the cosmic energy envelop you,

And the Lord’s energy freshen you,

Physically, mentally, intellectually,

And spiritually!

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In our daily lives, every act of gentleness counts.

To the needy person, it is paramount,

So, show your kindness to those suffering from starvation,

Freezing cold or the scorching sun.

And those cast away by family or society.

Let there be fraternity,

Love, compassion, humanity,

Let us have consideration, for the downtrodden,

As well as all of God’s creation,

With all veneration!

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Let’s pray for the serene atmosphere of fraternity,

 And humanity,

Thus, inviting goodness,

And much more blessedness.

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@Pushmaotee Subrun

Mauritius

I do what I love to do

I do what I love to do but only after accomplishing

The duties which bring me my bread daily, enabling

Me to provide for myself and my family,

And for keeping for days rainy.

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I love to write prose and poetry

I enjoy delving deep on topics currently

Affecting humanity and even on issues

Pertaining to human sensibilities.

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Visiting places and enjoying walks in the woods

Admiring the creation of the Lord beauteous,

The sun, the moon, the stars all so fascinating

And writing on subjects elevating…

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 Thus, very much in touch with most issues normally,

I also pamper myself doing what I love to do frequently

In my leisure time mostly,

Balancing between work and play generally.

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@Pushmaotee Subrun

Mauritius