The Tumultuous Year 2020

With 2020, one of the most tumultuous years really historic

So many still struggling, shall we still be optimistic?

Our gratitude goes to the front liners of the community.

The real heroes of 2020, the health workers worked with assiduity

To save the pandemic patients. In Australia the fire fighters

And in U.S, they displayed their feats as the fire battlers.


While the corona virus the headlines dominated

The Black Lives Matter sparked by the shocking death

Of George Flyod swept the globe. The rising Iran -US tensions,

The deadly explosion that rocked Beirut’s port and in Mauritius

The Wakasio shipwreck, so many other disasters, all added fuel to fire.

Quarantine failings of the global rollercoaster year

Led to severe lockdown life, followed by historic job losses,

And the world started working from home with more reliance

On technology, with more video conferencing for work, education

And socializing. Fortunately, at least the emissions NO2

Dropped down along with the serious movement restriction.  


Today we are grieved to hear of 1,812, 188 loss of human lives

From Corona virus. Now vaccinations are rolling out fast.

With the advent of the spread of ‘Novel coronavirus’

We do not know whether to be or not to be optimistic

For year 2021. Probably if we start respecting our environment

If we decide to live healthy lives, be more prudent

Wear masks to avoid the harrowing loss of human lives, if we are ready

To birth a new ‘me’ with right attitude, right approach, being steady

Then we can expect to see the new year 2021 gradually

Recovering from trauma of the year 2020.

We simply hope the new vaccine will save precious lives.

To turn over a new leaf in 2021, let there be the urgent drive

Now, otherwise, to the tune of the pandemic we shall jive.


©Pushmaotee Subrun

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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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