Prey to Harsh Circumstances


Oh lovely innocent baby!

Surely harsh circumstance made you a prey!

It was the violent tempest probably,

Causing your overcrowded boat to go topsy turvy!

Awful must have been the moment

You were separated from your parents.

Their anguish over your disappearance must have been terrible,

Their loss irreparable!


You have been washed ashore,

For us a deplorable sight evermore.

Like so many refugees from their land, running away,

Due to war, or famine, to meet an uncertain destiny


It makes us think, in the hands of Fate we are puppets

Made to dance according to her whims causing discontent,

Smiling and being happy at one moment

We are rendered helpless the next moment,

At the speed of lightning, becoming non-existent.


Full of grief, our heavy hearts,

Bewail our loss.

But to redeem the situation, a forward step is a must.

We human beings need to think where we erred

We should not take things for granted.

It does ring a bell somewhere in us,

That it can be a punishment for our heedlessness

To our precious ecology, giving rise

To such devastating calamities

As sudden storms, bringing desolation and loss of lives.

Indeed! It’s high time to heed the wake-up call,

To protect our ecology for a less grievous survival!


©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.

4 thoughts on “Prey to Harsh Circumstances

  1. amitapaul

    The tragic story of this little boy has been haunting us for years now . Alas , circumstances have only grown worse not better . The poet’s sensitive mind is shattered by such devastating human tragedies and the pain is eloquently expressed here


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