The Incorrigible Tidsoptimists

So many annoying tidsoptimists,

Not even the alarm threatening these time optimist!

Ha, never realising time and tide wait for no man,

Getting up late, always late for duty to attend.

It is fine not to be overanxious, but being peaceful.

Fine to have your morning tea, feeling joyful. 

But for heaven’s sake, fooling around for eternity,

Your boss on whom depends your salary

Is simply baffling,

Risky and look like with your job trifling.


Makes me remember the piles of letters

Of optimists of time, yes, the late arrival letters,

Presented in the staff meetings,

Oh, so very humiliating!

Names of the tidsoptimists, so disconcerting,

Proclaimed before all the education officers present,

Supposed to be best models to students.

The same culprits, ironically, dressed impeccably,

 Wearing makeup, sitting unashamedly

To hear this announcement, full of disappointment,

Without the least embarrassment.


Unbelievable that tidsoptimists can be incorrigible,

Not realising that they are their own enemy, destructible!


©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 “The Incorrigible Tidsoptimists

  1. Amita Paul

    The Scandinavian concept of “ time optimism “ , which causes people to be late because they think they still have time , is an intriguing one. Indian Standard Time which is known in short as IST , is often ironically referred to as Indian Stretchable Time. The poet has no time for such habitual procrastinators and argues that lack of punctuality shows inter alia a lack of consideration for others .

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