Dronacharya By Reena Saxena


Illustration by Arushi Gupta
Illustration by Arushi Gupta

I taught them how
to hold the bow, and aim.
There is no parrot
In the boughs today
I am the target.

I was invited by Power
to share Wisdom
with Hope for the future.
and equip a generation
to face the battle of Life.

I sold knowledge
for wealth
not for survival
but riches for myself.
It was all I had to sell.

Or so, I told myself
in self-deception.
The package that I sold
included Ethics and
Independent Action.

I watched the dance
of Death and Destruction
and did nothing.
“Don’t bite the hand that feeds you”,
I was sternly told.

I tried to flee the grave
veiled by Shame and Guilt,
their hands pushed me back again.
The world watched with horror,
the cemetery that I built.


About the Author

Reena Saxena

“The actors in the drama were shaped by him, but he was neither the writer nor director. The guilt that historians have ignored.”

Reena Saxena is a Professional Banker, Coach, Trainer, Personal branding consultant, published poet and blogger.

Visit http://reinventions.in for details.


About the Illustrator

Arushi Gupta

Arushi Gupta is a 20-year-old alien studying to be a dentist in Chandigarh. She is a die-hard otaku and wishes to go to Japan soon.  You can find her singing Japanese songs, making some artsy concoction or taking weird photographs in the streets of Chandigarh. You can find her works here.



Dronacharya is one of the many amazing submissions we have received for the third edition of the literary collection The Machinery.

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