The Mind-blowing Places

At the very first sight, Victoria Falls took my breath away,

Swept me off my feet, I seemed to be blown away,

By the gushing falls, sending up a heavenly mist

Like I had signed with destiny a tryst,

To have the chance to view this spectacular sight,

So transporting, I swear by the Lord’s might.

It’s etched in my mind eye,

This paradisiacal, mind-blowing phenomenon, aye!


And from the top of Tiger hill, that chilly morning,

The brilliant sunrise on the Himalayas, so mesmerising

Oh! I felt the moment of a lifetime, so lost in amazement,

I gazed and gazed, heart racing in wonderment,

The more so, with tourists around clicking excitedly

At the sheer luck of viewing the highest peak,

Usually clad in mist, Mount Everest, so panoramic,

Exposing her beauty in the brightest possible hue

Really, I could not believe that my dream had come true!


Darjeeling, the terracing tea plantations,

Houses almost perched on high ground,

Just like in Shimla, Missouri,

And oh, the beautiful landscape of Ooty

The verdant cedars of Manali,

The River Beas running smoothly,

The snow-capped mountains posing romantically,

Boating in Dal Lake or the back waters of Kerala coolly,

Such a blessed treat for the eyes and soul really!


The city of Quebec, held me spellbound,

With roads on hilly terrain, going up and down,

The Niagara Falls made me click a thousand times ecstatically,

Going up, up, up, on CN Tower dizzyingly,

And yet joyfully,

Going up the striking Mont Tremblant zipline enthusiastically,

Or simply admiring Australia’s The Blue Mountains,

Or trekking up Cape Town’s Table Mountain,

Or just walking on the beaches shimmering,

Are all so endearing,       

Making me feel life is beautiful,

If we give ourselves opportunities to make it beautiful!


 @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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