Stop Ridiculous Attitudes! Save Our Marine Ecosystem!

What do we see in the photo above?

The man whose pants are almost falling,

His hat tilting, fuming like a demon,  

Or like a buffoon, showing how mighty he is,

Lifting a huge mace on a helpless woman!

Why? Just because she is washing something in the estuary!

What a nincompoop he looks!


And he is not blind! Oh yes! He is ogling the woman!

Right in front of him there is such an odious sight!  

The huge sewage pipes are releasing tons of toxic effluents,

Surely dredged material, industrial waste, sewage sludge,

Probably also radioactive waste, all certainly bound to have

Economic and health impacts, killing marine life, damaging

Habitats and ecosystems, resulting in dead zones.


This man must be having a burning wish

To display his manhood on a helpless frail woman

Seeing nobody around, instead of addressing the authorities concerned.

Because of such inefficient public workers, illegal dumping of toxic

Waste continues, causing eutrophication, killing marine life,

Causing damage to the crucial ecosystem, the coral reefs,

The place of great biodiversity.


Too much is being taken for granted!

Beware! Even the incredible Great Barrier Reef is threatened!  

Isn’t it high time to give a chance to the dying marine creatures 

To share the planet with us?

Indeed, it’s now or never that the concerned authorities should

Get the wakeup call, and take drastic measures,  

To leave our marine ecosystem healthy for our posterity!


©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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