Sympathy (for Anne Boleyn)

Portrait of Anne Boleyn, Henry's second queen;...

Portrait of Anne Boleyn, Henry’s second queen; a later copy of an original painted in about 1534 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This cup is full
Half blood, half molten gold
An offering before the king
This cup is full

No longer young
Half maid, half woman grown
Years passed so very fast
No longer young

Desire’s slave
Half fool, half wise
Splendid love from heaven above
Desire’s slave

A broken choice
Half loved, half loathed
Mother here but little cheer
A broken choice

An unheard voice
Half innocent, half lost
This tiny plea, forsake not me
An unheard voice

This cup is spent
Half acceptance, half fear
The head will fall to prove to all
This cup is spent

(c) Helen Valentina 2013, All Rights Reserved

About helenvalentina

Like most people, I have a number of sides to me. The most interesting one probably emerges through my writing, hence this blog. I love to read, and also to write, and so this is a way to share both.
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11 Responses to Sympathy (for Anne Boleyn)

  1. I love the way this was set up, Helen! Excellent poem! πŸ™‚

  2. This is brilliant I love the duality! The illusion to the glass being half full or empty. I actually think of it as half full but only because I dislike drinking lol

    The newest prompt is up =)

    • Thank you – I actually didn’t think of half full/half empty as I wrote it, but I can see why that occurred. I just started with a visual of a medieval goblet and it kind of went from there. πŸ™‚

  3. Well the subconscious is filled with brilliant ideas =)

  4. howanxious says:

    An amazing play of words.. I really admire your work; the way it transforms into something you can feel.

  5. Brian Hughes says:

    I was watching a documentary about Anne Boleyn the other night. I fell asleep unfortunately, but woke up at the bit where Thomas Cromwell was watching her get her head chopped off. I won’t say any more in case anyone hasn’t seen the ending.

    • I really sympathise with her. I know historians are divided about her but frankly I think she was a woman put in an impossible position and ultimately she suffered for that.

  6. Jamie Dedes says:

    Sad poem.
    Very well written.

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