Treasure Island

krishnakumar chandrasekar nair

(1964 and doing pretty good.. / Thiruvalla, Kerala)

Dear Mother......


From that lap you once so heartlessly cast me
Oh mother to those turbulent waters of fate
In a velvet basket sans a mothers warmth
Or that primordial taste of her breast soft
Now that you have found me your long lost son
And belatedly beseech forgiveness and love
Can I turn back the racing chariot of time
Bring back my lost youth or innocence prime...?
And now you want me back and to change my mind
Having forsworn my allegiance to the opposite side

Before you leave dear mother this I ask of you
That this secret yet well kept so continue
And living, I be not revealed as your son
And in battle should my mortal body fall
Then take my battered head on your lap and call
Tell the world screaming that I was your son
In flesh, blood and spirit your first born sun......
And tell my brothers it was not their sin
That I was fated to be slain by one of them
In thought and deed I always did uphold
High principles and never sought any thing more
But to leave a remembrance of one who kept his word......

Submitted: Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Edited: Tuesday, November 19, 2013

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Poet's Notes about The Poem

The most tragic character of the epic Mahabharat was Karna. Highly principled, man of honor, ever generous but fighting on the wrong side having staked his loyalty with Duryodhana of the kauravas. He was born to Kunti as an unwed mother when she tested a mantra on the sun God. To hide her scandalous secret, She dicarded the baby in a basket and let it float in a river. The baby was subsequently found by a palace charioteer who took him home and brought him up as his son. Karna grew up unaware of his royal lineage (son of queen Kunti and Sun God) and a steady turn of events landed him as a close confidant of Duryodhana the eldest prince of kauravas. When war becomes inevitable due to the arrogance of Duryodhana, Lord Krishna (who knows Karna’s past) makes two attempts to woo him back to the Pandava camp. First by telling him of the truth of his birth and when that failed by sending Kunti to plead with her son. Karna dies in the epic war and the pandava brothers are told only then that he was their eldest brother.

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  • Monica Rupazo (12/10/2013 4:14:00 AM)

    Majestic your word arranged embrace me
    In the brilliance of your anecdote I am intrigued
    First and for most to begin with the sadness attached
    Dear mom your son will forever however love you.

    This is a wonderful story, Sir. (Report) Reply

  • Valsa George (11/29/2013 4:55:00 AM)

    How well the legend of Karna retold
    Who had to keep a dark secret untold
    The man who stuck to loyalties rigid
    Is the most tragic of heroes renowned

    Imagine the plight of Kunti, the unfortunate mother who bore her son in secret, but denounced him in the open! Enjoyed the poem as well as the notes! ! (Report) Reply

  • Kavya . (11/22/2013 4:01:00 AM)

    oh a v good write Sir...........got to know the story of Karna in detail......... (Report) Reply

  • Geetha Jayakumar (11/21/2013 1:51:00 AM)

    Yes, Karna was the most tragic character. Highly principled, man of honor but one drawback born to unwed mother....
    Wonderful write Sir. (Report) Reply

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