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Lady Jane Grey's Last Day

Here I am facing my death at age sixteen.
Each moment of my life has been a foreboding scene.
I never had desire to be this nation’s queen.

Devoid of love and care from my mother,
it seems I could not trust her or any other.
Merely a pawn in the game of my father-in-law’s ambitions,
I was inadvertently swept into these political transitions.
King Edward was tricked into naming me next in line.
To be ruler of this nation was not of my design.
The crown is something I should never truly own.
My second cousin Mary is rightful heir to the throne.
With Mary’s rule, a new era in England had begun.
To be a part of rebellion was never my intention.
Here in the middle of this winter season, 
my husband and I have been found guilty of treason.

I witnessed my husband Guilford’s decapitated body.
Pulled in a cart past my cell, it was plain to see.
Frightening was the thought the next to die should be me.
However, I shall approach the block with grace and dignity.
Let my plight be known throughout the course of history.
May they realize I was undeserving of my destiny.

Lady Jane Grey, a cousin of England's King Edward VI, was queen of England for 
only nine days from July 10-19, 1553.  She was convicted of high treason.  She and 
her husband, Lord Guilford Dudley, were executed in the Tower of London on 
February 12, 1554.  I thank online encyclopedia for valuable 
information I obtained to write this poem.

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  1. Date: 1/13/2011 8:02:00 PM
    This poem is a winner to me, an exceptional write, I can see you worked hard on it well done~~

  1. Date: 1/13/2011 2:00:00 AM
    A very well researched piece well done... Easy to picture and in a pleasing form that draws the eye through...

  1. Date: 1/11/2011 2:50:00 AM
    You sure did your research for this entry, Robert. Extremely well written and quite a story is behind it. Good luck in the contest, Diane

  1. Date: 1/9/2011 5:51:00 PM
    that is so sad about her. So unfair I bet too. I actually enjoyed this one more than the other becuase it was more interesting to me! More intriguing, if you get my drift. It reminded me of the Kind Henry stories I saw on HBo a couple of years ago.

  1. Date: 1/9/2011 8:33:00 AM
    Wonderful historical event you have weaved so well with characterisation of queen Mary, Robert

  1. Date: 1/9/2011 8:33:00 AM
    And good luck in the contest.

  1. Date: 1/9/2011 6:33:00 AM
    Very good entry, and excellent poetry my friend...Michael

  1. Date: 1/8/2011 9:26:00 PM
    I've enjoyed once more another one of your historical poems, Robert! Should you ever write one about William Wallace, please alert me so I don't miss that? I enjoyed that particular time in Scotland's history. Thank you. Always, Audrey

  1. Date: 1/8/2011 8:50:00 PM
    This is wonderful writing of an historical event. Are you interested in British history? This is really very good. Concise, approachable and interesting/enjoyable to read. Well done. Deb

  1. Date: 1/8/2011 7:22:00 PM
    wonderful piece (loved Helena Bonham Carter in the movie role) you picked a wonderful character from history and wrote her a worthy tribute

  1. Date: 1/8/2011 6:42:00 PM
    Thanks for supporting the contest, Robert! Love, Carolyn

  1. Date: 1/8/2011 6:38:00 PM
    Informative and intriguing write about Lady Jane. Excellent piece