Light your own torch

If your beloved, your love did not requite,

Realise your own worth by yourself and call it quit

Surely, to love yourself you were being taught,

So, starting to give yourself more you ought.


Indeed! Why worry about love from outside?

Light your own torch from deep inside,

Make it shine bright,

To illuminate your life in direction right.


Realise you are your own best friend,

For you will be permanently with you till your end,

So, just forgive, have faith and be highly inspired,

Before your valuable time on earth will be expired.

©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.

6 thoughts on “Light your own torch

  1. amitapaul

    An interesting viewpoint and all too tempting but looking outward and learning to interact and empathise with other beings in the universe especially fellow human beings is also of utmost importance .

    1. Pushmaotee Subrun Post author

      I respect your views dear poet. Certainly it is very important to empathise with other beings… once you can ‘ light your own torch’ and becoming strong and capable, then, you can illumine the world… that was my point… thank you so much!

      1. amitapaul

        App Deepo Bhav : Be your own lamp : is the well known philosophy of the Buddha . A balance between subjectivity and objectivity is required , in the spirit of the Middle Path advocated by the Enlightened One . I merely wanted to make sure one doesn’t reinforce the syndrome of spending most of ones life gazing at ones own navel , as many of our world renouncing ascetics have done throughout history .

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