When Children are Forced to Beg


My lovely innocent baby, just a coin receiving,

Being made to beg by your helpless sibling,

So pathetic and so deplorable!

Alms of one coin! Unimaginable!

Really inconceivable!

So little help? Shocking!

What indifference! Heart rending!

One of us the baby is, so hurting!

So needy an individual,

Your tender age so vulnerable,

Where has our humanity gone?

Like the wind, gone?

Has it become immune to the suffering

Of a baby, a destitute human being?  

What about the government’s duty?

What about the citizens’ duty?

Are we to stones turned?

Have we become too hard hearted?


Where are we heading?

What are we conquering?

Why don’t we reach our conscience?

Why don’t we remember life’s transience?

Much is said on equality,

On fraternity,

Peace and justice


Conferences and glib talk over a thousand

Are being held in all the lands.

What we need is to give immediate help, not only talking,

Uphold human rights, remove the suffering,

Of these miserable beings.

 ©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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