The Nobility of a Mother Tree


The miraculous functions of a mother tree,

The art of giving life to all the seedlings all free,

No recompense expecting,

Simply survival through mycorrhizal network in swing,

To the hundreds of hubs communicating,

Helping to generate generously,

Providing to kin and neighbourhood carbon abundantly,

With resilience powerfully,

Helping to combat diseases greatly,

Fighting insect outbreaks continuously,

And protecting to maintain biodiversity,

Of birds, animals, plants and fungi equally.


And we human beings are busy discriminating,

Fighting, instead of commiserating,

With the poor and downtrodden

The crestfallen one,

Oh Mother trees! Your mighty benevolence,

Show us, show us tolerance,

Show us love and resilience,

Like yours in permanence.

Oh yes! We need to learn

And not blindly earn,

Hoard riches and gloat selfishly.

Unlike the merciful Mother trees, giving selflessly

With love and concern bounteously.


@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.

8 thoughts on “The Nobility of a Mother Tree

  1. Amita Paul

    A wonderful metaphor from Botany is used by the poet to help us readers learn important lessons for life . The Mother Tree does work miraculously in the ecosystem of a forest. As for mycorrhiza (from Greek μύκης mýkēs, “fungus”, and ῥίζα rhiza, “root”; ) , it is a mutual symbiotic association between a fungus and a plant. As per Wikipedia, the term mycorrhiza refers to the role of the fungus in the plant’s rhizosphere, its root system. Mycorrhizae play important roles in plant nutrition, soil biology, and soil chemistry.
    Thank you for introducing me to this concept.

  2. suzette portes san jose

    God created nature for all ceatures living…trees played it part of his plan that rules with the given intelligence of mankind for all purposes of the living a provision for our existence… very well written truth and reality of out worldly treasure the TREE.

  3. tapeshwar

    Very beautiful! Reminds me of ‘The Nutmeg’s Curse: Parables for a Planet in Crisis”, a book by Amitav Ghosh.


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