Crystal Rock, Mauritius

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Sweet Is Thy Beauty

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 ocean crust
So much that matter geysered out buoyantly
Suddenly hot stuff floated on the surface of the sea
It stretched itself widely, solidified wonderfully 
At the touch of air, this gentleness, that light breeze
A lone island inspirited of existence came to be,
It waited patiently for life to grow upon its skin
And after so many years of waiting, sleeping
Wild winged creatures dropped seeds
Dead corals clothed its barren landscape
Drifting things ran aground on its beach
While the waves sculpted with finesse 
The most beautiful curve of 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,
A lit city seen from the sky that looks like a bright gem
And while our bodies became dust within,
While every other creatures decay deep-in
Our motherland engulfs our whole, our souls
Regurgitating all of these rainbows
That flow again upon its rough skin.

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’.

National Anthem of the republic of Mauritius
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.
Beloved Country,
May God bless thee
For ever and ever.

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