Ruler of Thebes, courageous and strong,

Cursed forever due to fate, evil and wrong.

King Oedipus still arouses,

Great fear and wonder in himself

Awe-struck admiration in us.


Born to wealthy family in Athens,

Son of Laius and Jocasta

Active immensely in Athenian public life,

Was the mighty Oedipus Rexona.


He resigned himself to his evil fate,

Fulfilling  the prophecy laid upon him,

When he heard the occultist’s words curt,

Words,he failed miserably to escape from hurt.


He knew this time as a king was short.

Failed all his attempts for the curse to abort.

Having murdered his father, the king

Now his mother, Jocasta,wears his ring.


Doom,death and disgrace now haunt the place

Jocasta is now nowhere to be found

And Oedipu’s  grief bring him madness.


(A poem by Dichen Yuser)

The author Ms Dichen Yuser is a second year student of B.A. (English) at the School of Languages, KIIT Deemed to be University, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India