Another queen in my alphabetical journey, one I mentioned earlier on. This time, it is Razia Sultana, who was the only queen to have sat on the throne of Delhi. I found it so cool that Razia Sultana was chosen to be heir to the throne by her father, the Sultan Iltutmish (mentioned in Fatehpur Sikri post), for he believed she was more capable and trustworthy of wearing the crown than her brothers!
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Resolute Razia Sultana
Courage Thy Name is Razia Sultana Razia Sultana, Queen, warrior, Ruler, fighter. Only queen Ever on Delhi’s throne. Bow in hand - led armies ahead. Saw people’s needs Did great deeds. Built sootheful roads, Peace she restored. Wells and parks, Schools and arts.. Encouraged trade, Unjust taxes, She forbade. Lean on her, Her people could. Wound in battle did prove fatal. Tears were shed, Her people grieved. But her legacy in memories relived. Razia Sultana, trailblazer queen, One - unprecedentseen! ~ Vidya Tiru @ LadyInReadWrites
Razia Sultana and the Day 21 Prompts
Day 21’s prompt is for NaPoWriMo: Begin by reading Sarah Gambito’s poem “Grace.” Now, choose an abstract noun from the given list, and then use that as the title for a poem that contains very short lines, and at least one invented word.
The day 21 prompt for April PAD from Writer’s Digest is: For today’s prompt, write poem using at least three of these six words: bow, lean, park, saw, tear, wound. And for extra credit, use all six words. Also, feel free to try actually writing a six-word poem if you want (no need to use any of the above words if you go this route, though you could go nuclear and write six six-word poems, each using one of the above words. Any takers?).
For NaPoWriMo: I picked the word ‘Courage’ for the title of my poem, and used two invented words – “sootheful” and “unprecedentseen” in my poem of short stanzas with short lines.
For APAD: Each stanza is six words each, and also used all six of the words given.
References and Further Reading for Razia Sultana
- Wikipedia page on Razia Sultana
- Sultana Razia (Amar Chitra Katha) – read here or get a copy for yourself here
- The Teenage Diary of Razia Sultan by Anitha Murthy. A fictional diary about a young Razia as she writes about coming of age in her father’s court. For young readers.
My R Books
Read! Read! Read!
Read! Read! Read! by Amy Ludwig VanDerwater with art by Ryan O’Rourke
Twenty-three poems capture the joys of reading.
My Quick Thoughts: Poems that talk about all that reading is?! Of course, I had to read them, and of course I loved them all. Each poem is a joy and a delight in itself, and a celebration of reading in its every form for every age. Playful, insightful and so very sweet, Amy’s lyrics are sure to bring smiles and Ryan O’Rourke’s imaginative and stunning artwork adds to the experience.