‘If you prick us, do we not bleed?

If you tickle us, do we not laugh?’


Indeed! The body has a degree of tolerance.

Surpassing that tolerance,

Mentally, physically build up angst, 

Creating unimaginable evil thoughts against 

The evil doer, the perpetrator,

But appealing to the Higher power,

The greatest Healer, our Creator,

A miraculous stamina,

Builds up in our persona.

To illuminate our inner light, with lenience,

To amaze the enemy with our brilliance,

To coat all hatred with comprehension,

Probably to replace with love and compassion.


©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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