The Worried Mermaid

Tell me dear captain, is my brother alive still?

Alexander the Great, I miss him dearly still.

Am waiting for good news about him,

Call it my whim,

I will wait till eternity,

And even beyond infinity.


Please tell me Captain of Titanic,

Otherwise, I will fill you all with panic,

And sink your mighty ship,

If you cannot fathom my deep relationship,

With my darling brother,

My dear most Alexander.


And you captain,

With all your swain,

Now and now only, reply to me here and now,

Or else you will meet your death blow.

Like the belle dame sans merci, is my beauty,  

Ravenously, this ocean will swallow you in a jiffy.


Look at me. You are amazed at my tantalising beauty,

I am as terrible as the mighty waves you haughty

Captain of ‘Paradise Gained’,

Am a femme fatale, by me you will be maimed

For not giving me news joyful

Of my brother Alexander, the powerful!


Look at me oh Neptune! Have pity!

Am blessed with ravishing beauty,

What I desire is news of my lost brother,

For nothing else I bother.

Oh, you stars, have mercy on me! You keep twinkling,

For my suffering not even an inkling!


©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 Worried Mermaid

  1. Amita Paul

    A poetic re- imagination of the Greek legend of Thessalonike, the sister of Alexander the Great of Macedonia .


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