Dewi Tara dan Samaratungga

Samaratungga's daily struggle
To finish his father's temple
The Merapi in the distance rumbled
Work went on, his loyal people

For the Sailendra, time was running out
His people peace loving, were weakened
The Sanjaya was impatient and proud
They wished to conquer the island

Yet across the islands, in Srivijaya
In Dharmasetu's kingdom
The kraton guarded a lovely flower
Dewi Tara, his beautiful princess

Headstrong and wise was she
Named after the Goddess, a star
She heard of the pious prince
And fell in love with Samaratungga

From Palembang with entourage she traveled
Across the straits, through the island, Java
Messengers raced ahead, and the prince waited
For her to arrive in beautiful Sailendra

It was love at first sight for the two
As he took her hand, she smiled in secret
Sailendra and Srivijaya together ruled
And Sanjaya was forced to remain quiet

For a while...

For my version of the full story, continue here.

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This poem was written specially for Magpie tales - a beautiful place to be

In ancient times, throughout the Nusantara, marriages between the royal houses were the best way to secure alliances. Between Sailendra, Srivijaya, then later Majapahit, Melaka and Langkasuka, princesses and princes travelled back and forth to buy peace. At the same time, culture, language and way of life meshed to create a beautiful heritage.


  1. I loved, loved, LOVE this. Great write. Love and Light, Sender

  2. Exquisite entry..
    relates history to prompt.. Great!

  3. I love your story and want to read more. You last picture brings nice memories... I visited that temple some years ago. :)


  4. Dear Gabi,
    I have not been to Borobodur. So close, yet so far. Now that the girls are bigger, perhaps I will be able to steal a few days alone to bask in its splendour.

  5. Please do find the time to go there, the place is magic. I have wonderful memories of our trip to Indonesia, the energy of the place takes your breath away.


  6. A BEAUTIFUL poem, love story and the images are spectacular, especially the temple with golden skies. Wow, I would love to visit there as well! So lovely, thank you!

  7. Timeless story, of love of all that is life. Beautiful photo. Would love to visit.


  8. beautiful and love how you took the prompt to this...through the sands of time we all melt together, blossom and grow into so many cultures and people....blessings...bkm

  9. Beautiful piece! I want more, lol! I will have to read the rest of the story. You have a way with words, darling!
    River :)

  10. this is lovely, mesmerizing...i need to spend more time with it :)


  11. Deliciously mystical. Wonderful!!

  12. Is it because I am a girl I'm always softened by stories of princes? Or is it because I am a girl I am open to hearing them and finding beauty in them. Nice story! So far from Ottawa... ツ

  13. History or legend, a beautiful tale well told.

  14. The image and the words, just wonderful!

  15. I really loved this tale. I would love to hear more, please.

  16. This is a lovely poem, with a fascinating history. Thank you for sharing it!

  17. Very much enjoyed this. It is a wonderful glimpse into your history and culture.

  18. what a fantastical write...i could not get enough....more, more...nice magpie!

  19. I am now happily lost in both the fantasy and my new knowledge of a beautiful heritage you described. This was breathtaking...

  20. Loved it, loved it, loved it! :)

  21. loved your take on the prompt.. Lovely.. i felt as if i reached dreamland era of hindu mythology...Beautiful, perfect !!!

  22. Ninotaziz this is magnificent and always inspire me! :-)

  23. I love myths, legends, great stories like this one. I wonder who will be the subject of romantic poems in the future? Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt?! Please no. good job.


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