THE LOST EMPEROR


There   was once a  mighty ruler ,

known for his courage and valour

Powerful and Rich ,

Tall and Magnificient,

People trembled with fear,

whenever they saw him appear,

Whatever he wished ,he snatched by force,

Innumerable wars he won,

yet he was thirsty for dominion .

Jewels and gems,

Golds and diamonds…

Women and wine flowed like rivers,

Still nothing  appeased his apathetic self…..

 Something still wasn’t possessed,

by his  reign and through his fame,

He ruled on thousands

in every region of Indian plain

Directions too seemed to know,

that he was ruler and they bowed,

Then what was that, his heart missed?

Contentment or the Mental peace?

One day he saw a young monk,walking naked feet on the hot ground,

Surprised and shocked to see,the Emperor summoned for  him,

The silent monk appeared in the court,

Courteous and Silent like a revered soul,

He smiled and wished the king “happiness”,

And asked the reason for his presence..

The lost Emperor asked “What makes  you smile

..even when you have nothing in your life?

To which the pious soul replied,” I have the Richest jewel inside

That sparkles when I think of THEE,

Priceless and  precious ,when I  care about the children of “HIM”

The contentment that I have in heart,

Is because Iam loved by all,

I wish to serve the mankind ..

To get happiness in my bodily  shrine..

The mighty Emperor had tears in his eyes,

He thought he was lost for a while,

The moment changed his lavish life,

“The Lost Emperor” got a reason to smile,

He started serving his subjects,

treating as his own children,

Spreading the light of  happiness ,

He preached love and peace amongst the humans.

How I wished I could be him,

writing golden pages in history

with the eternal word of love and compassion

which shone through his destiny…

How I wish hath I been the one

The mighty Chakravarti Emperor

Ashoka, thy name would hath been mine…

and my soul could hath stopped the

bloodshed and aftermath

of the  gruesome war of Kalinga

which killed and slained millions

when the river Mahanadi  flooded with blood and tears

floating bodies ,amputated fears,

gory and wrath would ne’vr hath been

Had I embodied as Ashoka the mighty being!

Wars can never bring peace and will always bring more bloodshed. The world starves for peace and every nation today is devoid of the universal peace and harmony which should be the main motto of every nation and country.

15 thoughts on “THE LOST EMPEROR

  1. Anonymous April 17, 2012 / 6:41 pm

    Excellent

  2. Eric Alagan April 18, 2012 / 2:14 pm

    The greatest treasures are not the ones we accummulate on earth…

    • soumyav April 18, 2012 / 4:57 pm

      True!!! and many a times a whole life is spent realising…

  3. Manu Kurup April 10, 2013 / 8:09 am

    What a nice poetic memoir for the greatest who walked on our lands. Amazing, Soumya. Loved this.

    • soumyav April 10, 2013 / 8:11 am

      🙂 Thank you Manu for going deep down in my archives!

    • soumyav February 27, 2014 / 11:41 pm

      Thank you Sudarshan

    • soumyav February 27, 2014 / 11:41 pm

      Thanks a lot for your visit dmvsk. And also for your thoughts on this.

  4. Insight February 27, 2014 / 12:22 pm

    Indeed, this is a unique piece of work!🙂🙂🙂

    – Rahul

    • soumyav February 27, 2014 / 11:42 pm

      Thank you very much Rahul. Good to see you enjoyed. It is an old post. I added a para .and reposted

  5. Rio February 27, 2014 / 5:24 pm

    brilliant penning.

    • soumyav February 27, 2014 / 11:43 pm

      Thanks a lot Rio for visiting here and Iam glad you enjoyed the piece.

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