Ellana-1, Ellana-2, Ellana-3

Ellana- 1

Ellana walked full light hearted,

And firm footed,

Praying to the Lord of all regularly,

For guidance, for right direction accordingly,

With a thousand and one thanks repeatedly,

For all her benedictions,

All, from her earliest recollections,

Of her dear mum’s love

Her unconditional love,

Her reason for living,

Her reason for her confident being,

Her reason for fervent faith in the Supreme Being.

Ellana – 2

Her stoicism, her integrity came

Through motherly inculcation,

Of right values, specially integrity,

Shirking laziness and instead inviting assiduity,

In every act moderation,

Curbing hankerings leading to destruction,

Learning to be content,

Giving love, support, and encouragement.

And a thousand other motherly inculcation,

Ellana treasured with great appreciation.

Ellana – 3

Virtue is her inner trait

Wisdom illumines her gait,

Pleasure always at hand,

Pain she bears with a stoic stand.

Her reason brings light

Contentment is what makes her heart bright

Peace replaces in her bosom all scepticism, 

Hope shedding rays of optimism,

Her life, though at times burdensome,

With resilience, made less wearisome.

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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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