Striving for Survival

Many, including vulnerable children, survive,

Engaging in gruelling physical work, strive,

To keep hunger at bay, undernourished,

Stunted in growth and wasted.


With life threatening acute malnutrition nemesis,

Calamities like drought leading to clean water crisis,

Children become vulnerable to deadly diseases

Like cholera, diarrhoea and measles.


It’s not possible to eliminate conflicts,

But saying nay to it, is worth it.

So, we should deem it right

To turn sufferings to beacons of light.


Addiction, racism, secularisation,

Domestic violence, divorce, separation,

To climb the steps of betrayal is a must, 

To rebuild love and trust.


Over this war of man against man

Over ‘unbridled human struggle’ span

Why not realise that time is a ‘brief candle’,

 That UTOPIA is unattainable?


Why not focus on reducing,

Plagues and epidemical diseases debilitating,

Famines and wars annihilating,

Infernos, inundations havoc creating?


And why not focus on protecting

Instead of massively destroying

Our flora and fauna perilously,

Poisoning our life-giving air hazardously?


©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 “Striving for Survival

  1. amitapaul

    I’m not entirely sure that secularisation is such a bad idea in a world where so much hatred is being spread in the name of religion , but for the rest , the poet has put forth laudable sentiments , especially for the alleviation of the sufferings caused by war and environment.


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