Self-pity had me self-pitying

From head to toe enveloping.

I directed my steps so heavy, by Jove,

Towards the verdant grove

In a bid to become light spirited.

To cast away this morbidity so sordid


 Like a worm a fruit invading.

And lo! I beheld the luxuriant grove so entrancing,

So enthralling,

So transporting,

So elevating ,

 So welcoming

So vivifying,

I got into sort of a trance,

Surrounded by such a peaceful fragrance.

The branches to the light breeze were dancing,

The butterflies were light heartedly flying,

Their multicolours as if displaying.

The birds were twittering,

High up the paille en queues were soaring,

The kestrels were jubilating,

The rivulet with fish teeming,

The very pebbles priceless looking.

The happy plants were really mind blowing,

In rhythm with the breeze moving,

This way and that way,

With grieving forethoughts, a thing far away,

Lovingly swaying.

Soon my self-pity started melting,

The abounding scenic beauty as a salve acting,

To my mind previously with ugly thoughts brooding.

Springing to thoughts light,

Self-pity taking a rapid flight,

My previous heavy steps taking wings

Certainly, by a heavenly swing.

My self-pity shattering,

To the realm of peace transferring.

Inviting me to the grace of Mother Nature,

Imbibing in me elevating thoughts for sure.

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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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