Time and Tide Wait for no Man!


Indeed, time and tide wait for no man.

It flies past us and we hardly realise our time is limited

On earth, we do not realise the essence of life,

Fighting, worrying, harassing, looting, and even killing,

As if our only duty is to do harm to human beings.

So many take it upon themselves to keep on

Acting as Hitlers in society!


 We puny creatures, let us know our real purpose

In the Lord’s creation. We have come here, each of us,

To love, to respect, to help ourselves and others,

 Not to be a cog in the wheel.

If we cannot do so, at least we can respect ourselves, 

The image of the Lord!


Time flies, we are dust and will return to dust.

It’s high time to think what good we have done on earth,

Apart from pleasing our tongues and getting all those

Material objects to satisfy our non-stop desires!

If we stop our greed, to gain by hook or by crook,

We shall suffer less.


Why not take time out for ourselves and think,

Or do yoga, to calm ourselves and connect

With our real higher self, the supreme Lord,

To gain an insight into the purpose of our lives,

The purpose to do good and be good, to encourage

Others to have plenty of hope and faith that things

 Will be better and never to stop trying hard,

Till we succeed!


©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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