Poetry by Mini Babu
ASANDHIMITRA I am the wife of his perfect years, the most favoured, I have evidenced that which others were fortunate not to view. His nights were sorrowful, remorse preoccupied his dreams, 100,000 put to death and 150,000 deported. His head was a never-ceasing battlefield, he asked for measures to undo a war, that was long waging since Kalinga ! How could one unmake deaths ? He turned a Buddha-Bhikshu and preached. It was erroneous to kill an ant, his subjects heeded and dispersed. Many more Asokas will burn in sleep, and many more Asandhimitras will lose sleep. I am Asandhimitra, Agramahisi to Asoka the Great. *Agramahisi – chief queen. Asoka the Great was an Indian Emperor of the Maurya Dynasty, after the war of Kalinga he was aggrieved over the bloodshed and vowed never to fight again. He patronized Buddhism during his reign.
Mini Babu is working as Associate Professor of English with the Dept. of Collegiate Education,Govt. of Kerala. Her poems have been featured in anthologies, journals and magazines. Her collections of poems are Kaleidoscope (2020), Shorelines (2021) and Memory Cells (2022).
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