Poem: Guinevere (haiku in variations)

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1)

You were property

Birthed female, sold in marriage

Female means no choice.

2)

Your brothers became

Famous, brave, heroes of might

Rich chivalrous knights

3)

While you embroidered

Quietly their coat of arms

Prayed for their safety.

4)

Poor beautiful you

Married into slavery

They said be grateful

5)

Where else could you go?

You wanted love not money

Sad Queen in a crown

6)

Never wanted fame

You wished for a simple life

A kind, good husband

7)

Not a regal King

Your father pawned you for gain

like a horse or goat

8)

When you were kidnapped

Your husband sent a hero

To bring you back home

7)

To cold damp castle

Pearls and rubies and goblets

You never wanted

8)

Lancelot was bold

Brave because his heart was gold

an ancient soulmate

9)

Together one night

one perfect moment of bliss

Would be your only

10)

Lance ran away lost

Afraid of consequences

Wasn’t strong like you

11)

They blamed you like Eve

But love can’t ever be stopped

It wasn’t your fault.

 

 

 

10 Comments

  1. I love this! So creative. Telling a story through a Haiku series

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    1. Thanks for thinking it’s creative. I know haikus are supposed to be brief but the theme seems to want to continue!

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  2. Megala says:

    Beautiful poem! I pity her for it is definitely not her fault.

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  3. Beautiful, poetic retelling of Queen Guinevere’s fatal love story.

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    1. Thanks Rosaliene❤️

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  4. This is brilliant, Judy! ❤️🙌

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    1. Thank you very much! ❤️😊

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  5. johncoyote says:

    Dear Judy. Old story teaches us. Love is never fair. In my lifetime. The women I loved. Didn’t want love. Sometime, take a lifetime to find someone who make your heart dance.

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    1. Hi John, thanks for your sweet comment. I’ve been overloaded with work, sorry for the late response! I’ve experienced similar, certain men I loved unconditionally, didn’t love me back, just lead me on for years! I wonder why people tend to not love the one who loves them! Sometimes an equally loving partnership happens but it seems rare. I like your phrase, “make your heart dance”, beautiful❤️

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