Been listening to the Mahabharata tales since I was a child
Behold them all - stately prices, aristocratic queens to demons wild!
Arjuna’s valour had me always feeling super pumped
Mum tells me, on the Kurukshetra war cry, I always jumped.
Bhima’s strength and Yudhisthira’s fairness intrigued me
These stories - interwoven, complicated but they set me free
Grandma always says “Mahabharata is the ultimate essence of life”
Honesty, family ties, integrity, responsibility, morality, duty and strife
I shall carry these values always, all along
Love, friendship, family, social standing - regardless
Ultimately, only the right triumphs over the wrong.
An immortal lore which takes me back to my roots,
I shall go places but this is where I belong.
The main focus in this poem is on the mythological war, ‘Mahabharata’ it has been a big part of my life since childhood and one of the key reasons to me being interested in history. I didn't really need to interview my grandparents or my mother since we talk a lot about our culture and the things relating to it on a daily basis. Since the Mahabharata is one of my favourite parts of my culture I decided to base my poem on that. The last part is one of my biggest views on any culture and tradition as a whole. It highlights how culture is something which is deeply-rooted and cannot be left behind easily. Our traditions are what anchor us and our moral values.
I decided to use repetition to exaggerate how much is tied to my culture and tradition itself.