Hyphenated Identities: Anoucheka Gangabissoon

Anoucheka Gangabissoon is a Primary School Educator in Mauritius. She writes poetry and short stories as a hobby. Her works can be read on poetrysoup.com and she has 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 Imagine and Poesia group. She has been selected to be among the Most Influential Women in Mauritius for the 2017 category of 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.

Land Which I dream Of

Credit for image: Aditya Saxena on Unsplash

I know of America
Only as to what I see of it

On TV,
Or on Facebook!
For me,
It remains the dream land
Where poets are revered
And their art given due deference!
It is also the land
Where rights speak out loud
As proudly as
Would peacocks brandish their feathers
Wanting the rest of the world
To see for themselves
How perfect they are
Even amidst their own imperfections!
America is the place
Where cultures have mixed
To create a new human,
One who has, in him,
A beautiful canvas
Painted with all the colours
Available in this world!
But then,
This same human
Or,
The same peacock
Cannot forget
That regardless of the cultural richness
That inhabits him
He has, running in his veins,
The same blood
Running in those of the pigeons,
Or even those of the chickens!
Pray,
This land,
Someday,

I just know,
I’ll step on its soils

And then,
It shall uncoil its magic upon me
And I shall use it
To paint my own little island

With its essence!

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