Guinevere’s Lament

The Parting of Sir Lancelot and Queen Guinever...

The Parting of Sir Lancelot and Queen Guinevere (1874) albumen print 34.8 x 28.6 cm. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

You will know my name
As betrayal, infamy
Great love forsaken for greater passion
And a hidden intimacy
Remembered in myth and legend
And by scholars here discussed
As though this did not happen
To just people, to just us

Songs will be written
Of my folly and shame
Magic and ambition
Are sad heralds to blame
Remembered in the hearts of those
That never knew us, never will
Recalled in bitter tears
And the blood here spilled

I was sister to the moon
And he the dazzling sun
I bled passion but did not know
What we’d begun
And what choice in any case
In the world of mythology?
One must take the dark queen’s part
To let the story be.

(c) Helen Valentina 2013, All Rights Reserved

About Helen

I'm drawn to blogging as a way to share ideas and consider what makes us who we are. Whether it's in our working life or our creativity, expression is a means to connect.
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22 Responses to Guinevere’s Lament

  1. It’s interesting how often Guinevere is shown as pure and loyal to Arthur.

  2. Brian Hughes says:

    Well, they didn’t call him Lance-a-lot for nothing.

  3. Just finished a run in Camelot (Merlin) so enjoyed this muchly

  4. ioniamartin says:

    She and Ophelia may be the two most examined and yet ultimately misunderstood figures in history of literature and arts. Beautifully done.

  5. ksbeth says:

    the legends of arthur and all of the characters within, are my favorite tales. wonderful poem.

  6. Mike says:

    This revised evaluation follows a different path and offers original insight. Expressed as only helenvalentina can, it is written in stylish terms with vocal finesse matched to the tone and pace. I am greatly impressed by this reconsideration of the classic story.

  7. Skye says:

    This is wonderfully written, Sis!! Loved it. 🙂 xxxx

  8. Love this Sis… miss you tons xxx

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