Self portrait of Yudhishtra

Today, we’d like to challenge you to write a poem about a dull thing that you own, and why (and how) you love it. Alternatively, what would it mean to you to give away or destroy a significant object?

Self portrait of Yudhishtra

In that one act of desperation

to win back all that I had lost

in that fateful game of dice

which I could not refuse

to play as a kshatriya,

I bet on my lucky charm,

my significant half,

the co-wife of us

five brothers, Draupadi

as luck would have it

not only did I lose the bet,

I lost respect in her eyes

and the humiliation that she suffered

because of me

led to the horrendous Kurukhetra war

that unfortunately spelt

the end of the illustrious Kuru dynasty.

You can read about the game of dice here.

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