When I Was Fair and Young By Queen Elizabeth I

When I Was Fair and Young By Queen Elizabeth I When I was fair and young, then favor graced me.Of many was I sought their mistress for to be.But I did scorn them all and answered them therefore:Go, go, go, seek some other where; importune me no more. How many weeping eyes I made to pine […]

Elizabeth II By Ruth Stacey

Elizabeth II By Ruth Stacey In today’s correspondence a poetry bookdetailing the lives of British Queens—with a note enclosed and a question:what does it mean to be a Queen? I could reply and say—this precious stone set in a silver sea:a symbol, like a banner, for mens’ love.But these are not my words. I could reply and […]

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A Mien To Move A Queen By Emily Dickinson

A Mien To Move A Queen By Emily Dickinson A Mien to move a Queen –  Half Child – Half Heroine –  An Orleans in the Eye That puts its manner by For humbler Company When none are near Even a Tear –  Its frequent Visitor –  A Bonnet like a Duke –  And yet […]

The Bells And Queen Victoria By Rudyard Kipling

The Bells And Queen Victoria By Rudyard Kipling “Gay go up and gay go down To ring the Bells of London Town.” When London Town’s asleep in bed You’ll hear the Bells ring overhead. In excelsis gloria! Ringing for Victoria, Ringing for their mighty mistress–ten years dead! THE BELLS: Here is more gain than Gloriana […]

10th February Queen By Sean Borodale

10th February Queen By Sean Borodale I keep the queen, she is long in my hand,her legs slightly pliant; folded, dropped down, wings flatthat flew her mating flightto the sun and back, full of spermatozoa, dronesong.She was made mechanically ecstatic.I magnify what she is, magnify her skews and centres.How downy she is, fur like a fox’s […]

Modern Love By John Keats

Modern Love By John Keats And what is love? It is a doll dress’d upFor idleness to cosset, nurse, and dandle;A thing of soft misnomers, so divineThat silly youth doth think to make itselfDivine by loving, and so goes onYawning and doting a whole summer long,Till Miss’s comb is made a pearl tiara,And common Wellingtons […]

A Shropshire Lad, 1887 By A. E. Housman

A Shropshire Lad, 1887 By A. E. Housman From Clee to heaven the beacon burns, The shires have seen it plain, From north and south the sign returns And beacons burn again. Look left, look right, the hills are bright, The dales are light between, Because ’tis fifty years to-night That God has saved the […]

The Black Queen By Carrie Law Morgan Figgs

The Black Queen By Carrie Law Morgan Figgs All hail! This honest dusky maid,    Let all others prostrate fall;Bring forth the international diadem,    And crown her queen of all. In all pure womanly qualities,    She stands serene and tall,Way up above the average,    This makes her queen of all. She’s not a sluggard at any place,    She answers duty’s callCome […]

Queen Maeve By Eloise Bruce

Queen Maeve By Eloise Bruce Dreaming within these walls all night, we woke with both eyes open, barely winking at the morning light. We shower and sing with the long-legged fly. Queen Maeve keeps time in the attic, and the pig-keepers roar in the toy box below stairs. Turn out the lamp whose fringe rhymes […]

The Player Queen By W. B. Yeats

The Player Queen By W. B. Yeats (Song from an Unfinished Play) My mother dandled me and sang, ‘How young it is, how young!’ And made a golden cradle That on a willow swung. ‘He went away,’ my mother sang,‘When I was brought to bed,’ And all the while her needle pulled The gold and […]