Defeat Not An Option
My Country is in distress,
My Jhansi, the land which
I will protect - promised to
my late husband.
These countrymen are like my children.
I will defend them as I would shield
I was a cheerful little girl, frolicking carefree
and twirling blithe..among
the hills and dales. The ravishing young Prince
trotted by on the horseback, saw me.
It was a love at first sight - I believe.
He went to my parents,
and asked for my hand in marriage.
My parents blessed us for a
wonderful life together.
But alas! My dearest husband fell sick
and passed away when our child was only an infant!
He believed in me, he trusted Jhansi
would be safe in my care!
Life was not easy for me. I
became the "Rani", but foreign enemies
were lurking around! They wanted
to capture Jhansi..they thought
a fragile woman was not capable of a fierce fight.
I am Lakshmibai, Rani of Jhansi!
I will shed every drop of my blood
to fight for the country I love!
Here is the sword my husband carried...
Here is the horse loyal to him in every danger.
I glimpse a ruthless long battle
on our way, My people with me,
I am not alone!
I will cherish their love, I pray to God,
defeat is not an option.
I am prepared to win or die - to lay my life,
For my people, come death, come any strife!
Reference: Lakshmibai, the Rani of Jhansi was an Indian queen of the Maratha princely state of Jhansi in North India. She was one of the leading figures of the Indian Rebellion of 1857 and became a symbol of resistance. (Wikipedia)
January 10, 2022
For " My Significant 2021 Poem" Poetry Contest
Sponsor: Beata Augustin
Inspired by "Queen Of Jhansi" for "L" Old Or New Poetry Contest (Lionhearted) :
Sponsor: Constance La France
Posted on: 9/14/2021
Copyright © Malabika Ray Choudhury | Year Posted 2022
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