What is it that if I have it, I don’t share it?

If I share it, I don’t have it?


Something limited definitely,

Or something that can’t be shared really.

It can be a limited sum of money

Which I need badly

To buy my things needy,

Or else I shall perish surely.


It can be a lifeboat for a single person,

Which I can’t share for obvious reason.

If my life is in peril,

By sharing it, I am inviting the devil.

As it is, we are all a little selfish,

And to live longer is our cherished wish.

So, certainly we will not share,

To put ourselves in danger, we will not dare.


If somebody wants to share my life partner,

Well, marriage is meant to be for ever after.

If I share, it means I shall not have my man,

By the side of whom I stand,

Now for decades, patiently,

Having born all types of moods tolerantly.

In this relationship, there is simply no sharing,

For otherwise, much trouble would be brewing.


Can I share my heart?

Then I won’t have it.

As it is, I have many more poems to write,

And this is my right,

My own dear beating heart,

So why does anybody want to hurt

Me, and take my precious life

I have treasured despite so much strife?


©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.

2 thoughts on “What is it that if I have it, I don’t share it?

  1. amitapaul

    If I share it , I don’t have it
    If I have it , I don’t share it
    Or both ?
    The answer to the first is objective : The whole ( of anything )
    The answer to the second is subjective , but it could be solitude.

  2. Pushmaotee Subrun Post author

    Yes the topic has 2 lines …comes together… so my mind went on different issues… your idea is a very good one…solitude …


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