The execution of Lady Jane Grey in the Tower o...

The execution of Lady Jane Grey in the Tower of London in the year 1554. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

These dreadful days
Blood spilled by heresy and lies
A swordsman’s blade
Or the fire’s eyes
All the same to dusty death

Spirits of cold righteousness
Demand their place
In darkest history
And all the reigns of kings
Just men
Emboldened in their hearts

The craven politics of opportunity
Court parades and dances
A pageantry to artifice
The cruellest cut is secret
And plotted in dark corridors
That lead to the ruin of innocence
Or the discovery
Of malevolence
In any case the walk’s the same
To gallows or to flame

(c) Helen Valentina 2013, All Rights Reserved

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12 Responses to Craven

  1. Skye says:

    Excellent, Sis!! 🙂

  2. And 460 years later? No changes to the politics 🙂

  3. Unfortunately, the nature of human nature does not change…

    wonderful write Sis xxx

  4. howanxious says:

    Politics is dangerous… it is these so-called highly noblemen playing a gamble of life of others.
    Man is cunning… and nothing can be done about it.
    Great write! 🙂

  5. Alas, that politics is predicated upon machination and subterfuge! An excellently written, insightful piece.

  6. jrosenberry1 says:

    Yes, the cruelest cuts are often the secret ones. All the plotting and pain …
    Very well done. 🙂

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