The Fascinating World of Fairy Tales

Cinderella with the heart of gold

Rising from rags to riches, my attention holds.

This tale, so very fascinating,

Is indeed quite enchanting,

A fantasy simply too enthralling.

It is one of my favourites, permanently mesmerising,

And I suppose the magic wand for children also spellbinding!


The tale of the dutiful girl ‘Beauty and the Beast’

Is so romantic. Beauty offers herself to a beast,

Almost sacrificed herself to save her dad,

Being held captive by the beast, unpleasantly bad.

She falls in love with the beast astoundingly,

To find him turning into a prince miraculously.

The story of recognition of our inner virtues duly

Is certainly desired by everybody.


The fairy tale of ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ is appreciated

By children, their attention concentrated.

It is like a warning to children to follow directions strictly.

Here, Red, is told not to step off the forests path, forebodingly.

She disregards, attracting a wolf duly,

Who impersonates grandma consequently,

Putting her into danger awfully.


‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’, mother lovingly,

To a household of dwarfs devotedly,

She never retaliates against the evil queen,

Jealous of her youth and beauty she had been.

And she is rewarded for her goodness,

And her graciousness.


Sleeping Beauty goes to a long sleep, astoundingly,

A century due to a fairy’s curse cruelly,   

For not being invited to her christening timely.

Hence the accursed spell,

Till she is awakened as the tale tells,

From the spell.


The tale on the cinder girl stays my favourite ever,

No fairy tale has held my interest so much, ever,

Pleasing me and my children.

Yes, was made to purchase a toy wand for my grandchildren!

With Cinderella’s adventurous ride in her shoes mysterious,

The tale is so very joyous,

Goodness triumphing over evil atrocious!


©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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