Rm.Shanmugam Chettiar.

(June 15,1942 / Aravayal, karaikudi, Tamil Nadu, South India)

Cleopatra’s glory


Cleopatra was the queen of Egypt;
Cleopatra was the queen of beauty.
She came to the throne at her eighteen
The first century BC witnessed it.

To get back her Egypt from her brother,
She sought the hand of Julius Caesar,
The mighty one Rome had ever seen,
And set to sell her asset of beauty.

While in exile, she was able to reach
Caesar when he chanced to visit Egypt,
By getting her smuggled in to his room,
Rolled up in a carpet sent as a gift

Cleopatra emerging from the roll,
Caesar was stunned and fell for her in love.
He made her queen of Egypt in no time
And made her his consort with all respects.

Bound by her charm, grace and wit together,
Caesar clued to her and bore her a son.
He brought her home to be adored by Rome.
They led a life, each proud of the other.

The rise of Caesar was the cause of his fall.
His rise in power and love for Egypt
Were good enough for his conspirators
To rise and annihilate him unaware.

Cleopatra with her son fled to Egypt
And Mark Antony succeeded the throne.
No wonder, her beauty arrested him.
No wonder, his valour imprisioned her.

.The Rome emperor and the Egyptian queen
Loved, like of which no pair ever did.
The spring sprang, love spurted, and the passion flowed.
She was all and she was the world for him.




He took to Egypt and slept with the queen.
His rivals from Rome used his weakness
And invaded the Egyptian sea.
War broke; Antony woke and fought but lost.

The majestic queen became the captive.
False news spread that she was killed. Shocked,
Antony killed himself with the sword he wore.
She saught to burry him with state honour.

She heard she would be taken to Rome,
To be chained and drawn in Rome she adorned.
Romans took care that she killed not herself
And so kept her ss safe amidst water.

She had serpents brought in the fruit basket
And had them sting her to join her lover.
She loved Caesar and lived a royal wife.
She loved Antony and lived a loyal wife.

A woman can love as much in succession.
Widowhood is not an impediment
And the land after the harvest is not waste.
Cleopatra is a perfect example.

‘Age cannot wither her, not custom stale
Her infinite variety; other women cloy
The appetites they feed, but she makes hungry
Where most she satisfies.’ Shakespeare

01.04.2008

Submitted: Monday, July 07, 2008

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  • Kevin Patrick (10/31/2011 9:07:00 PM)

    This is a great autobiographical poem which documents her entire life, Ive already know the basics of her life, but its great to see it depicted with great cadence, you make her come alive with vitality.

    Nice touch with the Shakespeare Quote (Report) Reply

  • Marieta Maglas (1/13/2010 2:09:00 PM)

    wonderful simile

    The Rome emperor and the Egyptian queen
    Loved, like of which no pair ever did

    wonderful historical poem

    10/10 (Report) Reply

  • Antonio Liao (6/14/2009 7:41:00 PM)

    an archives of word, bonded to make a poem of yesteryears past
    rewritten to lime the most powerful queen of Egypt....such a beautiful
    poem of today....a history in a making....thank you for sharing...God
    bless....10+ (Report) Reply

  • Bright Rose (5/23/2009 9:40:00 AM)

    wow, Im impressed, that's a very lovely 'historical story trelling' poem, I guess it's a poetic and amazing way to know more about her, the queen of beauty, lovely poem, I guess you mastared this piece very well, it's well expressed and your words are just amazing, brilliant :) (Report) Reply

  • Anjali Sinha (3/10/2009 2:05:00 AM)

    a lovely narration of cleopatras glory
    i always admired her beauty and
    stories of her.
    -10 anjali (Report) Reply

  • Raman Savithiri (12/7/2008 10:38:00 PM)

    I did not know Cleopatra's full story. Your poem is well woven to tell the story and to justify a women's love. I liked the way you ended the story. Very nice. (Report) Reply

  • Lorraine Margueritte Gasrel Black (9/7/2008 12:17:00 PM)

    Lovely well composed narrative that brings to light a great love story told in history with a really good view on women.No matter what age we are we are still important even if it is for only one special someone ourself. (Report) Reply

  • Mamta Agarwal (8/8/2008 3:59:00 AM)

    very well composed narrative poem, holds interest throughout. relived the movie Cleopatra while reading it. thanks

    Mamta (Report) Reply

  • Ramesh T A (7/23/2008 2:19:00 PM)

    annot be compared with the world beauties we see today. AiA good narrative poem! The famously called serpent like beauty Cleopatra for her survival enticed one emperor and his friend and met with death at last by killing herself with serpent bite! She csh is quite unique! (Report) Reply

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