• Rubinee Muthu

COVID-19 Poetry Escape Competition

First of all, we would like to thank all those who have poured their hearts in those amazing poems. Thank you for expressing your thoughts through this competition. Rotaract Club of Mahebourg wishes to congratulate the 5 winners of COVID-19 Poetry Escape; Shaistah Imambaccus, Sonia Marion, Silné Zeny, Kritee Chumbith and Vidoushi Ramjheetun. Here is what inspired them during this journey. Enjoy the reading!


First Category: Interact


"2020’s number 19" was written by President Shaistah Imambaccus of Dr. Maurice Curé Interact Club. She is an Upper 6 student on the Economics side at DMC and has various articles that have been published already. Don't hesitate to visit her blog.


“A little poem with words poured directly from the heart. We cannot ignore the pain of each one of us and the frustration that we are experiencing as all our daily activities have come to a halt. However, I believe that while reading this, people will be able to feature themselves in the future when everything will be over. This poem is about the time when one day we will look back and remember those tough moments we spent but also realize what the pandemic has brought us as gift - a new world, with new human values and a better environment.”


Our next winning poem for the Interact Category is “L'Espoir dans le désespoir",written by Interactor Sonia Marion. She is an Upper 6 student of QEC on the art side.One of her main character traits is that she has a lot of empathy, which helps her pour any type of feelings into the writing she takes so much pleasure in producing.


“Le poème décrit les pensées d'une victime du covid-19 alors qu'elle adresse l'impact mental et émotionnel de la maladie. Les médias parlent beaucoup des conditions physiques des patients, mais pas assez de leur ressenti dans un tel temps de souffrance et de frayeur.”




Second Category : Rotaract


"My Invisible Enemy", written by Silné Zeny who is a member of Rotaract Club of Rose Belle. She believes in holistic development of both hemispheres of the brain. To her, jotting down what one feels, often opens the door to many golden opportunities. She shares with us her inspiration behind her poem:


"It's been more than 3 months since I stopped smoking. But that desire to light a cigarette is sometimes so strong that only those who go through it can relate. I believe that the confinement is helping a lot in dealing with quitting smoking."





Our next winning poem is “Pouvwar bann parol”, written by Rotaractor Kritee Chumbhith who is a member of the Rotaract Club of Rose-Belle. Kritee is an ICT educator and technician. She expresses the motivation for penning down her poem:


“This poem describes how writing has helped me overcome the overwhelming situation of this global pandemic. Simple words can help move mountains.”




The Special Jury award goes to the poem "Callous Covid-19", written by President Vidoushi Ramjheetun of Rotaract Club of Triolet. Pdt Vidoushi is a part time Lecturer at the Open University and language instructor at Lifetime Immigration. She says that teaching is her passion and wrote this poem that “explores themes of death, plight, unpredictability of life and loss.”



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