Yayati 6 - Yadu Poem by Unnikrishnan Sivasankara Menon

Yayati 6 - Yadu

Rating: 5.0


When I look back from here
I realise, I have erred.

Not in refusing the throne;
But declining to relinquish
My youth for my father.

The scriptures had taught me


The throne was never mine.
I was old enough to decipher
The murmurs that lingered in
The corridors of the palace
Linking my name with that of
Kacha, the son of Brihaspati.

I am sure father knew the fact
But was gracious enough, not to
mention even to mother. He loved
Me more than even his sons.
Whatever I have is his; nothing
Mine. His was everything.


And Puru gave up everything
In return for nothing;
Proved the legitimate son.
Exchanged his youth for
the wrinkles father bore.
And refused the throne.

This moment he was young
Just turning fourteen
The next, old as the skies
Almost unable to stand erect.

Father nearly fell on his feet
To make him accept the empire.

And without hesitation,
He shared it with me.
So I became king too.


Prophets said 'you would
The favour to Puru return
Generations later, when
A noble descendant of yours
Will save from disaster
His progeny, the Puruvamsham.'

I wish it comes true, so
I can pay back at least
A fraction of my debt
Not just to Puru, but father too.

Yayati's story continues.

Here, I have taken a poet's liberty in narrating Yadu's story, deviating from the original. Hope Vyaasa forgives me. Or, is this not concealed by Him in between the lines?

And the prophesy: Krishna, borne to the descendants of Yadu, plays the key role in the defeat of Kauravas in the hands of Pandavas, both descendants of Puru. This is the main story of Mahabharat.
Jeanette Telusma 11 July 2017

Wonderful write and very captivating I might add. For this reason I shall continue reading. Thank you +++++10

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UNNIKRISHNAN Sivasankara Menon 21 September 2022

Since the 16 September 2022, I have ranked 53rd among the "Best Member Poets" list featured on PoemHunter. My sincere gratitude to PoemHunter Administration and all my poet friends on the site.

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soren Barrett 20 April 2022

This contains a lesson well learned about what is earned not deserved.

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It is my pleasure, Soren

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Sylvia Frances Chan 16 April 2022

We have in Indonesia de Mahabharata ancient stories too, the same mythological source. Beautifully rendered, Unnikrishnan 5 Stars full Score

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It is a great feeling to understand that you enjoyed the series, Sylvia. I know that in Indonesia there is Mahabharata and Ramayanam. Might slightly different, but same in the essential. That makes your words more valuable

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soren Barrett 16 April 2022

A beautiful write reminding me of Gautama Siddha Well written

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Rose Marie Juan-austin 29 September 2019

Spellbinding write. Very well depicted and crafted. This is how great poetry works. A reader would be able to read a wonderful story in just few lines and take a glimpse of an amazing culture. I don't have an iota of knowledge on this story but the way the brilliant Poet presented and conveyed it made me grasp the beauty of the story of Mahabharat. Brilliantly penned.

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Unnikrishnan E S 30 September 2019

The story depicts how the ill-effects of one’s follows through generations

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Unnikrishnan E S 29 September 2019

Hi Rose Marie, As I have written elsewhere, the story of Yayati is just one among thousands of stories narrated in the epic Mahabharata. But this story acquires importance as, through the story, Emperor Yayati is anointed the common ancestor to both Great Tribes (vamshas) , the tribe of Krishna, the Yadavas and the Vamsha of Kauravas &Pandavas, the Puruvamsha. And it depicts, how the ill-effects of one’s follows through generations....

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