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The ghost of Ann Boleyn whistling-echoing

the hangman's swing, waiting for a child that

will not be born. The proles inertia sings

it's spirit ready to be grown to exact

a score with a Tudor thorn. A virgin's

womb spawns historical theories, bishops warm

a paradigm in a barren sovereign

crucible. Elizabeth was summoned to a calm

tower, not yet wound-mummified in history's

tapestry, never to be a bride she

would marry the sounds of Spanish galleys

shivering with English fire and the

crawling traffic of tears on a candle,

her reign will avoid history's reflexive cull.


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An excellent piece. And how ironical is history: That Henry The Eighth went to such extremes to be rid of Ann Boleyn in his quest for male issue; yet through her, sired Elizabeth The First who became one of the world's most formidable monarchs.

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A historical delight, rich and well crafted. Enjoyed!

 

Many Thanks,

 

Juris

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Finely crafted, too.

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  • 2 months later...
David W. Parsley

Wow, look what I missed! This is terrific, Barry. The piece bears the sheen of craftsmanship in composition, though a few spelling and punctuation slips might have got through.

 

What fine lines:

 

... mummified in history's
tapestry, never to be a bride she
would marry the sounds of Spanish galleys
shivering with English fire and the
crawling traffic of tears on a candle,

 

Nice!

- Dave

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