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Plaidoirie for a 'Prince' of Jaffna - Part One

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Plaidoirie for a 'Prince' of Jaffna - Part One

“We learn from history that we learn nothing from history.”
George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) Nobel Prize

                  Part One

Blue blood gushes when heroes die
   From gory wounds on battlefields
Not in castle intrigues when for a lie
   Crowns use commoners as shields.

A royal house does not construct itself
   After centuries have broken tradition
Or on formal rules on how to name itself
   Nor on who should follow in succession.

A true prince re-possesses the land first
   Takes for his witnesses native-born citizens
Bids them follow his will out of dire thirst
   Not as the self-crowned leader of denizens.

To be born a Kshastriya is not a privilege,
   The birthright is even an act of sacrilege
If he who dons the crown scorns the people;
   A spurned poem in the culled florilege.

In the blown sliver of land at Great Bharat’s feet
   No one knows what Tamil line came to greet
Found refuge and took throne to announce a reign
   Nor helas to make much of a glorious feat.

Kings are not born to hoist the castial banner,
   Rather had they earlier scaled the social ladder
Through heroic deeds by protecting the masses;
   Chieftains peer-elected to top the social order.

(...continued in Part Two)

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