Rm. Shanmugam Chettiar

Aravayal, karaikudi, Tamil Nadu, South India
Rm. Shanmugam Chettiar
Aravayal, karaikudi, Tamil Nadu, South India
Monday, July 7, 2008

Cleopatra’s Glory

Rating: 5.0
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

Rm. Shanmugam Chettiar
Akhtar Jawad 31 March 2018
She came, she saw and she conquered, a beautiful poem on Cleopatra.
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Savita Tyagi 12 November 2017
The poem is as fascinating as the story of this famous queen. A remarkable life history she has. Her beauty and wits were just so supreme. Thanks for sharing. Makes me want to read about her again.
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Sarah Mkhonza 12 November 2017
Reading your poem after watching a French rendering of Caesar and C leopard is so fulfilling. So much research in this poem. It left me more fascinated by queen. I
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Life of Cleopatra a wonderful woman in history nicely told in the poem.Like it.
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Kewayne Wadley 20 November 2014
Beautifully told! Excellent!
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A good poem on a historical lady and queen and her life and it is beautifully made as a poem.
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Kevin Patrick 31 October 2011
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
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Marieta Maglas 13 January 2010
wonderful simile The Rome emperor and the Egyptian queen Loved, like of which no pair ever did wonderful historical poem 10/10
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Prince Obed de la Cruz 19 August 2009
long but meaningful.
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Antonio Liao 14 June 2009
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+
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