14 April 2016

Lakshagraha, the lacquer palace. Letter L # a to z challenge


A to Z challenge
Dear reader here is a peek
Into the Mahabharata
Greatest epic poem ever written
Ten times combined size of Iliad and Odyssey

At par with the Bible and the Koran
Central to the civilization of Bharata
It gives us stories weaving
From one into the other

The essence Bhagavadgeeta
At its heart, the divine discourse
Of Sri Krishna in the battlefield
Which is life.

I digress, let me pull back...
Here we stand both you and I
At the gates of a palace red-hued
Made of lacquer

Shakuni, cunning Gandhara
Had Purochana build this
Seemingly grand structure
Built to burn at the drop of a spark

Trap of the worse kind
Gifted with sweet words
At the crowning of Yudhishtira
Meant to be quick burning grave

The Pandavas and Kunti forewarned
By Vidura- wise brother of Pandu and Dhritrashtra
Escaped through the tunnel
That fateful night 

Dug out and kept ready
In advance while the scheming
Bunch believed them dead
Strangely because there were bodies found

Of one woman and her spouse and sons
Purochana's family all
Who believed that he had poisoned
The Pandavas and slept drunkenly

While the Pandavas set fire to the palace
And walked sub-terraneously reaching
The shores of the welcoming Ganges 
Now dear reader let us stop

To think, how people that are right
And stick to the simple- proper path
Stay protected and are safe
End in winning their way to peace and light.


* W. J. Johnson has compared the importance of the Mahabharata in the context of world civilization to that of the Bible, the works of Shakespeare, the works of Homer, Greek drama, or the Qur'an
* https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mahabharata
* https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lakshagraha

I am writing poetry based on Indian mythology/history for the April 2016 A to Z challenge. Please read, comment and share freely and do come back :)
 Letter L # a to z challenge
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