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Henry the Eighth

Maidens, bloody maidens, I had me six of ‘em wenches, ye knowest
Fullsome Catherine of Aragon wrought havoc ‘tween me and the Pope
Besought a divorce, split from the church whilst Anne Boleyn caught mine eye
'Twas beheaded whenst in ‘er capacity to produce a male heir I lost hope
Mine affection waxed for Jane Seymour; I beseeched ‘er t’ marry me
Anne’s body not yet cold in the ground whenst Jane became mine queen
But after giving me a son, Jane withered, twas gone in two weeks
For ‘er I mourned two years, afore proposing to Anne of Cleves
Ye knowest this “Flanders Mare” twas not suited for mine royal court
Nay, ‘er domestic skills tweren’t becoming of a stately king’s wife
At mine auld age of 49, I grew enamored of young Kathryn Howard
She but 19 when I divorced Anne and beseeched ‘er t’ share mine life
But Kathryn had eyes for other blokes, made me look like a pompous joke
"Thou dost not deserve thine title," I declared, had ‘er executed
Twice widowed at the age of 31, Katherine Parr I settled for
This wench cared for me as I grew ill, thus is undisputed
Prithee t’ see after six attempts, I finally met mine match
Katherine inherited mine throne once mine body twas laid t’ rest
From heaven I look back fondly at mine spirited days of yore
Knowing that in a regal sense mine first wife twas truly mine best
* For Lisa Cooper’s “I Want Some Old English Scandal” contest

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  1. Date: 5/10/2011 10:33:00 AM
    I love this one, Carolyn - I've always found Old 'Enry fascinating. Hope you're having a good day. I always tell Janie she'll send the Grim Reaper off with a flea in his ear LOL

  1. Date: 11/3/2010 10:37:00 PM
    Congratulations on your win in the contest, Carolyn! I'm trying to catch up with my congratulations. Sorry it's a little late. Love, Audrey

  1. Date: 11/1/2010 4:35:00 PM
    Congratulations on your win..Sara

  1. Date: 11/1/2010 5:22:00 AM
    Congratulations on this well deserved win , Carolyn

  1. Date: 10/31/2010 5:11:00 PM
    Great entry lots of work done here! Congrad's on your win. Light & Love

  1. Date: 10/29/2010 4:14:00 AM
    love this peace caroyln thank you for sharing duncan

  1. Date: 10/18/2010 5:33:00 PM
    Oh to see you dressed up like a Tudor Lady Caroyln. Attempting this style of write, even in Scottish is beyond me. Good luck in the contest, Deborah will simply love this entry. Have a great evening >> James ;)

  1. Date: 10/18/2010 10:29:00 AM
    What a Cracker, you've certainly written a winner here Carolyn. You obviously know old Henry's history well too. Excellent! Thanks so much for your visit, and generous comments. hicky

  1. Date: 10/18/2010 9:29:00 AM
    Hi Carolyn This is absolutely fantastic.(It be th' best bit a writin' wot I dun re'd fer this 'ere contest)It's just got to do well,I hope so.Thank you for your comment on my Love poem.I've written quite a few because of my Pete.We've been married 45 years and still adore each other.There is a brother but sorry I got the best one. luv June(sylvia)

  1. Date: 10/9/2010 8:00:00 AM
    very impressive with the learning i experienced today. it was a nice applications. but i think she may have been refering more to the likes of crips and bloods sistas. what she know about sistas anyway? john

  1. Date: 10/8/2010 7:09:00 PM
    He was quite a character and I see you did your historical research. Good luck in the contest. This one may be too tough for me to tackle.

  1. Date: 10/6/2010 1:44:00 PM
    Almost missed this sleek, piquant piece. beautifully penned! and good luck to you, carol always, nette

  1. Date: 10/6/2010 1:24:00 PM
    great narrative, good luck on the contest!

  1. Date: 10/5/2010 11:47:00 AM
    Great poem Good luck in the contest

  1. Date: 10/4/2010 8:40:00 PM
    forgot to sign off on your coment, never mind gives me a chance to rate it again. Harry

  1. Date: 10/4/2010 8:38:00 PM
    Oh! this is something else, as well as a wonderful poem, a history lesson also, in olde englysh to boot. love this Carolyn. just has to go to my favourites

  1. Date: 10/4/2010 12:38:00 PM
    This is very good and a very compact history of his ladies !I've always had a soft spot for poor Ode Enery he did try to brighten things up a bit!His Dad was a real boring fart you know - they all celebrated in the streets when Henry VII died you know!

  1. Date: 10/4/2010 10:32:00 AM
    From what I am reading this morning it looks as if everyone found some inspiration to write this weekend. Thank you for sharing your excellent poetry with us today Carolyn. Love this one wishing you top honor in the contest. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 10/3/2010 8:41:00 PM
    This is really good, Carolyn! Totally enjoyed it and is one destined for the winners' circle for sure...which game did you watch today.. Being there were two options I chose to watch the Steelers and Ravens.. My team got spanked! lol! And they're no longer 3-0...disappointing but a very good distraction! Love, Audrey

  1. Date: 10/3/2010 1:37:00 PM
    Good luck in the contest with this one..Reads like a winner..Thanks for stoppiing by my blog and the kind comments..I have not heard anything else...Sara