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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 my own. 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 SECOND PLACE Inspired by "Queen Of Jhansi" for "L" Old Or New Poetry Contest (Lionhearted) : Sponsor: Constance La France Posted on: 9/14/2021

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Date: 1/28/2022 8:54:00 AM
Congratulations on your win. A "Wonderful" story/write. Love It. Have a blessed day.................
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Date: 1/25/2022 8:50:00 PM
Congrats! Thanks so much for sharing your heart through this dramatic monologue of yours earnestly expressed in your excellent poetic style. Indeed, thanks for your participation. Likewise, thanks for the information you included. God bless you.
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Malabika Ray Choudhury
Date: 1/26/2022 5:19:00 AM
Thank you, Beata, for my placement. I feel honoured.
Date: 1/25/2022 7:48:00 PM
Jhansi Rani with rock like determination and courage continues to inspire generations. Her life story is beautifully captured ! Congrats Mala on your prestigious win in the contest!
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Malabika Ray Choudhury
Date: 1/26/2022 5:19:00 AM
Thank you, Valsa. I feel honoured.
Date: 1/11/2022 3:42:00 PM
Strong and stirring poem, Mala. Very well done
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Malabika Ray Choudhury
Date: 1/11/2022 4:02:00 PM
Thank you, Andrea. Dramatic Monologue is my favourite form - especially after reading Browning's. Choosing from 2021 poems was not easy, but I am glad to find a strong character.
Date: 1/10/2022 7:27:00 PM
Wonderful write, Malabika, a very worth placement. Blessings to a new year
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Malabika Ray Choudhury
Date: 1/11/2022 3:59:00 PM
Thank you, Eve. Appreciate your kind comment.
Date: 1/10/2022 3:20:00 PM
This is an exceptional winning piece Mala. Lakshmibai, the Rani of Jhansi’s bravery reminds me a bit of the Welsh Queen Boudica. Congratulations on your worthy win. I truly enjoyed reading about her. Blessings xxoo
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Malabika Ray Choudhury
Date: 1/10/2022 3:45:00 PM
Thank you, Connie. Lakshmibai is my favourite character in Indian history. Really appreciate your kind and thoughtful comment.