Tuesday, November 11, 2014

The Queen Of Scotland

[on Mary, Queen of Scots]

the Queen of Scotland is a cameo pin
that's all they said.  I bit my tongue
and thought of French prayers said at dawn

before the executioners could hear.
tears falling through her tapered hands
all silently.  all silently.

Christmas tide is past. Fresh Easter's here
she may have said to no one's ear.
But God heard the Queen of Scotland then

I'm sure, whatever histories misread.

mary angela douglas 11 november 2014