If I were in the Shoes of Sir Isaac Newton

If the apple did not render me unconscious,

And if I had been a profound thinker quite assiduous,

Like Sir Newton, then the situation, momentous,

Would have been, well, extraordinarily historic.

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But as it is, I am fond of apples,

My gustatory senses, highly attracted by fruits palatable

Would surely go rapidly functioning,

Yes, savouring the juicy apple, greedily crunching.

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However, being in the shoes of the legendary Newton,

And not a mere simpleton,

I would pick up the apple, look up pensively  

And start questioning about the law of gravity.   

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My ‘Principia’ on the law of universal gravitation,

Namely about every particle attraction

Towards every other particle, would bring me accolades,

I would think, most probably for many decades.

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Would never have expected universal cognition

For even centuries or will it be for eons?

Ha, really, never expected my ‘Principia’

Would lead to many other universal phenomena.

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My great spirit can now bask in my glory,

Being etched in science’ memory

Probably eternally, for my ‘Law of Gravity’.

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©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.

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