All my life, I have been adrift
In a basket, or among scattered friends:
Clouded, under a patronizing Sun – –
My flaws embrace me tighter than
The guilt of broken loyalties:
Someone’s right becomes another’s wrong – –
I am the eldest of all my closest foes
And bowing to a plea at dawn
I fight with one hand tied behind my back – –
A birth, better left unexplained
And, a death by betrayal on a battlefield:
Someone’s boon becomes another’s bane
The Gods indulge in playing their sacred games
The sages long to curse in different tongues:
Brave deeds sprout from rotten seeds.
NOTE: Karna is an important character in the epic Mahabharata. He is “the spiritual son” of Surya, the Sun-God and Kunti, the mother of the Pandavas.