Mahabharata in Sonnets

Mahabharata #2 – The terrible condition

Said Ganga,’O beloved’ marry you I shall surely,
For akin to you, I love you dearly,
But thou shalt never question me, however eagerly,
About my actions and deeds, lest you be filled with fury!
King Shantanu, love struck didn’t think too clearly
Agreed to the condition, judging the consequences poorly
They had a firstborn son, king’s elation was visible plainly
But She drowned the boy, in a manner unbecoming and prickly!
The palace was shocked and in grief, profusely
The King neither swooned nor did he cry, surprisingly
The maidens stood stunned, for their lord acted surprisingly
But Shantanu now understood what the condition implied, surely
The King was normal, but in his heart quite surly,
For it continued for his seven Bharatvanshis, which hurt him severely!
** Bharatvanshis are the descendants of Bharat
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