Tomorrow 12 March is the day where we celebrate the Independence of the republic of Mauritius… but all festivities have been canceled. For 2019 I had written nuance, a poem where I poetically describe the different colors that make up our multicolored flag. But this time I was inspired to write this poem from a sentence taken from our National Anthem, which is Sweet is thy beauty.
Glory to thee, Motherland
O Motherland of mine.
Sweet is thy beauty,
Sweet is thy fragrance,
Around thee we gather
As one people,
As one nation,
In peace, justice and liberty.
May God bless thee
For ever and ever.National Anthem of the republic of Mauritius
Sweet Is Thy Beauty
The sea of that day was boiling violently,
And its sun was shinning radiantly;
The sea bed shook incessantly
As Vulcan made love to the nymph of the sea –
Troubled was the depth of the sea crust
So much, it geysered out buoyantly,
Its dark matter floating upon the sea
Stretching itself wide and large elegantly.
A lone island inspirited of existence,
Waiting for life to grow upon its skin.
And as years and years went by slowly –
Wild winged creatures dropped seeds,
Drifting things ran aground on its reefs,
And seaweeds and dead corals clothed it’s barren landscape;
While the waves wonderfully sculpted
The curving design of a fine island –
Most beautiful curves amongst them all.
And after so many setting suns and moons
A nation of rainbow came to populate the island –
Raising rainbow children upon this land
Thus an eternal rainbow appeared in the midst of the sea,
While you became a city ornated of these bright lights.
And while our bodies became dust within,
While every other creatures decay deep-in
Where our motherland engulfs our whole, our souls –
Regurgitating all of these rainbows
That flow again upon its rough skin.