Youth and Old Age


Youth and Old Age


Youth is full of stars,

With feelings of laissez-faire,

Ever joyful, and carefree.

Often on a spree

All in glee.


Age can be full of disillusion,

With regretful dreams and frustration,

Ever calculating,

Often cogitating,

Much time spent on reminiscing.


Youth is light-footed,

Light spirited,

Springs up with health,

And spontaneous happiness,

Like the brilliant sun in weather cloudless.


Age means having to bear a heavy weight

And walk with slower steps, with countless ailments,

Age is planned or organised happiness,

And even though on vacation, ever serious,

The mind wrought by a thousand uncertainties.


But age has maturity,

Thinks judiciously,

Advises better,

Is financially happier

And spends hard earned savings wisely.


Age does not simply provide for children,

But can contribute more to society,

Can support charitable institutions,

Financially, morally

And intellectually.


Age brings the finest side of our self,

Diving deep into our inner self,

Knowing the essence of life,

Philosophy and spirituality,

Patience, tolerance, and durability,


With age, comes love, and reverence

And most of all perseverance,

With hope continuously revived,

Despite many impediments,

Still being resilient.

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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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