Hi friends. I will be participating in the napowrimo all of April (hopefully!) The following poem is in response to the early bird prompt.
And now for our early-bird prompt (optional, like all our prompts!) Today, we’d like to challenge you to write a poetic self-portrait. And specifically, we’d like you to write a poem in which you portray yourself in the guise of a historical or mythical figure.
Self portrait as Draupadi
I was birthed from fire
fire coursing through my veins
but it turned to ice
when I was asked to be shared
among five brothers
no one asked me what I wanted,
no one asked my consent
just like that my nights were
divided amongst five marital beds
I was laughed at, made fun of
and my honour put to stake,
my husband bet me
in gambling and lost
and is still considered virtuous
but they blame me for
the bloodiest battle ever fought
I would have given up everything
for one man who loved me
but I was fated to be the empress
who lived in a palace of illusions.
(Read about Draupadi here.)