Open 2022 Poems - Sweety Gangabissoon


My Flowery Crown

By Sweety Gangabissoon

Adorned with a flowery crown,
I saunter, all alone, in my secret garden,
Happy, elated, content, as would waves be
When lapping upon a glittery shore!


Being adorned with my crown
Requires being alone
And being alone gives me ample
Opportunities to be self-satisfied,
Sheltered from all the evil which
Makes of humankind, a race, so frustrated,
So anxious, so angry, so jealous and so envious!


And from a window in my secret garden,
I peep at the world, so hectic, so busy,
So like a port in itself, filled with ships,
With pirates, with those who want to run away
From their destinies, with criminals and with spiritualists
Walking side by side,
And can help not but be harmonious at the shelter
Which I have built for myself!


My flowery crown shall wilt, someday,
But then, I know that my candle
Shall be ignited somewhere else,
In a world, fairer!


Anoucheka Gangabissoon is a Primary School Educator in Mauritius. She writes poetry and short stories as hobby. She considers writing to be the meaning of her life as she has always been influenced by all the great writers and wishes to be, like them, immortalized in her words. Her works can be read on and she had also appeared in various literary magazines like SETU, Different Truths, Dissident Voice, In Between Hangovers Press, WISH Press, Tuck’s Magazine, Blue Mountain Review, among others. She has also been published in Duane’s Poetree and also in two anthologies for the Immagine and Poesia group. Her poems are often placed in free online contests. She has been selected to be among the Most Influential Women in Mauritius for the 2017 category Arts and Culture and she has also been awarded as a Promising Indian for the year 2017 for the same category. In 2018 and 2019, she was again selected to be among the Most Influential Women of the island for her contribution to the literary field and in 2019, she was one of the three nominees for the National Awards organized by the Ministry of Arts and Culture of Mauritius. In 2020, she was shortlisted to be among the Most Impactful Women of the year for the Women of the Year awards and in 2021, she was chosen to be an Icon of the Year.


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